Coronavirus: Cornwall school staff and students to self-quarantine after Italy ski trip

A school in Cornwall whose students and staff recently returned from a ski trip to Italy are to self-quarantine themselves over the next two weeks over coronavirus concerns.

Penair School recently returned from Ponte Di Legno Ski resort in the Lombardy region, where cases of the virus have surfaced.

The school says the decision is a precautionary measure.

Police officers wearing a protective mask scans a metal detector over a reveller in Venice. Credit: AP

In Italy, 229 people have tested positive for the virus and seven have died.

Police are manning checkpoints around a dozen quarantined northern towns as worries grew across the continent.

Austria temporarily halted rail traffic across its border with Italy and Slovenia and Croatia, popular getaways for Italians, were holding crisis meetings.

Journalist Jeff Reines from CornwallLive has a daughter at the school and has tweeted his reaction to the news.