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Coronavirus fears: What parts of the Meridian region are affected?

A GP surgery in Romsey has been shut over worries of the coronavirus.

Abbeywell Surgery in Romsey was closed on Thursday "due to a potential infection".

A spokesperson for the surgery confirmed to the Daily Echo that the closure was due to concerns over the coronavirus.

The spokesperson said the surgery could also be shut on Friday.

A GP surgery in Romsey has been shut over worries of the coronavirus. Credit: ITV News

Meanwhile, schools across the region are taking precautions against potential outbreaks of the virus.

A pupil from Thornden school in Eastleigh was told to stay at home, while two students from Corfe Hills school in Dorset are also self-isolating.

Kings school in Winchester have postponed a visit from children in Italy.

All Hallows Catholic School in Farnham will remain closed until Monday.

All Hallows school in Farnham will be closed until Monday. Credit: ITV Meridian

A school in Oxfordshire has closed for five days after a student reported feeling unwell after returning home from Northern Italy.

In a statement the headteacher of Burford School, Mrs K Haig, said the student was not in any of the quarantined areas, but following Public Health England advice, is self-isolating at home.

She continued to say: "As the student had no symptoms earlier in the week and was therefore in school, we have decided to take the precautionary measure of having the whole school deep cleaned."

The headteacher has stressed that this is not a confirmed case of coronavirus and the closure is a precautionary measure.

The school will reopen on Monday 2nd March following the deep clean.

Meanwhile a school in Sussex has defended its position not to send children home, after students returned from a skiing trip in northern Italy.

Students from Claverham Community College in Battle had been skiing at the resort of Champoluc, close to the epicentre of the outbreak where 300 have been confirmed with the virus, and twelve have died.

Claverham Community College, Battle Credit: ITV Meridian

Some parents have defended the school's position, while others have been critical.

One barber in the area, who's wife has an autoimmune disease, has told anyone who was either on or in contact with anyone on the ski trip, not to come into the shop. He says there could be 'fatal' consequences.

Jon Franklin says: "If this virus come down our way and if I'm in contact with it, I could then pass it on to her, which is then a great worry because it could hospitalise her."

The school says the safety and wellbeing of its staff and pupils was its priority.

The NHS says most people can continue to go to work and school, and that people only need to stay away if they have visited the Hubei province in China, Iran, areas of northern Italy or certain areas in South Korea in the last 14 days.

Professor Paul Cosford, Director Health Protection, Public Health England Credit: ITV Meridian

Our efforts to identify anybody returning to the UK to isolate them, identify their contacts, and isolate them do seem to be working well. But of course we have to be prepared for more widespread transmission here, should that become the case. For that reason we're heightening our vigilance and extending our advice to northern Italy about anybody returning with symptoms of a cough, shortness of breath or fever, to self-isolate and contact 111."

– Professor Paul Cosford, Director Health Protection, Public Health England
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