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Staff member at Plymouth primary school being tested for coronavirus after showing 'flu-like symptoms'

A Plymouth primary school says a member of staff is waiting to be tested for coronavirus after showing 'flu-like symptoms' following a holiday to Italy.

The school is still open and says the safety of children and staff is its 'first priority'.

We can confirm that a member of staff at Stoke Damerel Primary School has self-isolated themselves after presenting with flu-like symptoms following a holiday in northern Italy over half-term. They are currently awaiting tests to determine whether they have the coronavirus.

Following advice from Public Health England, school will continue as normal.We would like to reassure parents and carers that the safety of our children and staff is our first priority. We are in close contact with Public Health England and monitoring the situation closely.

– Stoke Damerel Primary School
The strain of coronavirus causes a respiratory disease known as Covid-19. Credit: Centre for Disease Control

Earlier this week a school in Newquay sent a number of staff and students home after returning from Lombardy in Italy - the region at the heart of the country's coronavirus outbreak.

The group from Treatharras were on a ski trip in the country and have been asked to go into self-isolation.

The school says the decision is a precautionary measure based on advice from health authorities.

Covid-19 can be spread through coughs and sneezes. Credit: PA

Two further patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus, the Department of Health (DoH) said.

The two patients have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres after contracting the virus in Italy and Tenerife, according to England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

There are currently 168 Britons in isolation at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife after an Italian doctor and his wife tested positive for the virus during their stay there.

The new cases bring the total number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the UK to 15. A school has closed in Buxton, Derbyshire, and a GP practice has urged people not to go to the practice on Thursday due to a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Pupils at Prince George and Princess Charlotte's school are among those to have self-isolated after returning from coronavirus-hit northern Italy.