Coronavirus: Bangor school ‘cautious’ after ski trip

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Pupils at a Bangor secondary school have been asked to stay at home if they have the ”mildest symptoms” of coronavirus following a skiing trip to the Italian Alps.

A group of Ysgol Friars students returned home on Sunday after a half-term break in the resort of Bormio in the Lombardy region.

In a letter sent to parents on Tuesday, the school’s deputy head David Healey said there were no confirmed cases of Covid-19 among students, but they wished to be cautious.

Mr Healey said: ”We have asked those that were on the trip with even the mildest symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, fever) to go home and call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.”

“I would like to stress that there has been no confirmed case of Covid-19 amongst the school population, but we wish to be cautious.”

The school remains open as usual to all other pupils. A parent’s evening for year 9 pupils went ahead as planned on Tuesday night.

Seven people have died and 229 have tested positive for virus in eleven towns situated in the provinces of Lombardy and Veneto, which have been put into lockdown by police.

The Bormio area is not under quarantine, but pupils from a private school in Northwich, Cheshire, were also staying in the resort.

Cransley School has been closed for the rest of the week after students were reportedly showing flu-like symptoms. Earlier, the UK Government advised anyone returning home from northern Italy to stay at home for 14 days.

In Wales, there have been no cases of the virus, although public health officials have warned ”it is likely that Wales will see cases at some point.”

So far, at least 209 people across the country have been tested so far and all have returned negative results.

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