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Coronavirus: An Essex primary school closes after two pupils test positive

Hamford Primary Academy in Walton-on-the-Naze has been closed after two pupils tested positive for Covid-19. Credit: Hamford Primary Academy

A primary school in Essex has closed after two children tested positive for coronavirus.

The two pupils at Hamford Primary in Walton-on-the-Naze are from the same keyworker family and had not shown any symptoms.

All children who were in the school last week have now been advised to book a test.

All children of key workers who were in Hamford Primary last week have now been advised to book a test. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A spokesperson for the primary school in Elm Tree Avenue told ITV Anglia:

“Having taken advice from Public Health England and the NHS, we took the decision to close Hamford Primary on Tuesday 19 May, following two confirmed cases of Covid-19 from two children in the same family. Both children showed no signs of symptoms and had been in school.

“The safety of our children, families and the community is at the heart of all decisions we make, and so we have taken the precautionary measure to close for the rest of the week, returning after the half-term break.

"All children who were in school last week have been advised to book a test, as have parents of children who were also in school. All staff have also now been tested for Covid-19.

"The academy has been deep cleaned, and we are now focused on detailed preparations for a safe return for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1 June.”

– Hamford Primary Spokesperson
The school has been deep cleaned and is preparing to re-open on 1 June. Credit: Hamford Primary Academy

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