A private school in North Wales will remain open over the half-term and Easter holidays for Chinese students who cannot return to China because of the deadly Coronavirus.
40 of the pupils at Myddelton College, in Denbigh, are from China where the death toll from the virus has risen to 1,380. On Thursday there were 121 deaths alone.
The UK Government has labelled the virus as a "serious and imminent threat" to public health.
The school said the decision to stay open was made to ensure the health of all its students, reassure parents and safeguard the interests of Year 11 and Year 13 students who are due to take GCSE and A-level equivalent exams this summer.
Headmaster Andrew Allman, who cancelled plans to travel to New York at Easter, said support will also be available to those who need it.
I and a number of staff have cancelled holidays so that we can be here for them and be available to reach out and support them at this difficult time. We consider a safe option is for all of our students to stay here with their friends and be able to access resources of the school available to them, including the opportunity to speak to trained pastoral professionals. This also takes into consideration support that the students are able to receive for their emotional needs.
Pupils said the decision has put their minds at ''ease'':
I really appreciate the school taking this decision. We have been worried about the situation in China but now my parents minds are at ease knowing I’m safe and being supported by the school and not at risk of contracting the virus.
The National Health Commission said coronavirus has infected almost 60,000 across the globe, with the overwhelming majority of those in China. Elsewhere more than 400 cases have been confirmed across 24 countries.
In Wales, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus. On Friday, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales said more than 100 people had been tested.
Although the risk to the public remains moderate we continue to plan and implement targeted services so that we can mount a swift and proportionate response.
Since the outbreak, there have been reports of racist incidents in Wales and London. On Monday, Cardiff University said it would not tolerate any racial harassment, violence or abuse students following ''discriminatory behaviour'' towards Chinese students.