Positive case of coronavirus in Maidstone Studios in Kent

A member of staff at the Maidstone Studios in Kent has tested positive for coronavirus.

The person has been in the building last week and was tested positive yesterday evening (01/03).

It's been reported the person recently returned from Italy and is now in a treatment centre in London.

The situation is being monitored carefully.

Staff have been advised to self-isolate as a precaution.

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There are a number of businesses at the studios, including ITV News Meridian.

A statement from ITV Press Office say they will continue to review the situation:

After being informed that a member of staff from another organisation based in the same building complex as ITV Meridian's Maidstone bureau testing positive for the coronavirus, colleagues working there have been sent home as a precautionary measure. We will continue to assess and review the situation in conjunction with the relevant authorities.

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Maidstone Studios, Kent Credit: ITV

A nearby restaurant has been closed as a precaution as it's a place frequently used by staff members of the studios.

Anyone concerned about symptoms is advised to call 111.

Dr James Mapstone, Acting Regional Director, Public Health England South of England, said: "Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk tothem and the wider public."

Boris Johnson has said the coronavirus outbreak is likely to spread in the UK after chairing a Cobra meeting.

The problem will become "more significant" in the coming days and weeks, the prime minster said, before adding there is a plan to protect the public

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Some students at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Kent have self-isolated themselves after a member of their family has been diagnosed with the virus.

We are contacting you to advise that we have today been informed that a family member of some of our students has been diagnosed with Coronavirus. The students affected are self-isolating and will continue to do so over a 14 day period, although it is worth noting they have not displayed any symptoms and are currently well. The individual who has been diagnosed is also now recovering well. There is a further student who has had direct contact with the individual and they too are self-isolating.

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Kent