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School in Harlow closed because of fears about the coronavirus

A school in Harlow has been closed because of fears about the coronavirus.

Staff at William Martin took the decision after a teacher came back from Northern Italy where there have been a number of confirmed cases.

A school in Sidcup also sent some pupils home after they returned from a ski trip in the same area and began feeling unwell.

Teachers at both schools said the moves were a precaution and no cases have been confirmed.

London's Mayor said he is not alarmed and the capital is well prepared for the potential of the virus spreading.

I'm trying to reassure Londoners we are preparing, we are practicing for the potential of the virus spreading.

But I don't want to alarm anybody. Nobody should be panicked or alarmed but you'll have seen the school in Sidcup - you'll have seen across the country, for example those children who have returned from skiing holidays in northern Italy what steps the schools are taking.

Those are sensible precautions to take. No reason to be panicked, no reason to be alarmed.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

In Canary Wharf, energy firm Chevon asked about 300 British employees to work temporarily from home after an employee in its Canary Wharf office reported a flu-like illness.

Chevron continues to monitor the situation very closely, utilising the guidance of international and local health authorities.

– Chevron statement