More than 200 pupils and 3 teachers forced to self-isolate after coronavirus case at school

MORE than 200 students and three teachers at a school in Wales have to self-isolate after a coronavirus case.

Year Seven pupils at Bryntirion Comprehensive, Bridgend, were forced to stay at home for 14 days as a precaution with the school being deep cleaned.

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The kids and staff were potentially in contact with the person who tested positive.

Meanwhile, eight staff members at a secondary school in Suffolk have tested positive with 90 children told to self-isolate.

It comes after it was announced nearby Caerphilly is being put into lockdown following a "significant" spike in Covid-19 cases linked to holidays abroad.

There were 2,948 more confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK yesterday, with 2,988 reported on Sunday, the largest daily rise since May as a top health chief warns Brits have "relaxed too much".

WELSH LOCKDOWN

Other year groups at Bryntirion will attend school as normal after the case was confirmed yesterday.

Head teacher Ravi Pawar said: “As soon as the school was informed about the positive test result, prompt action was taken to safeguard the well-being of pupils, teachers and staff.

“Their continued well-being remains a top priority, and the school is continuing to work closely alongside the council and Public Health Wales to ensure that lessons can continue as normal."

Online access and virtual classrooms are being used so affected children can participate in lessons.

Elsewhere, Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, Suffolk remains closed today after eight staff members contracted the virus following a training day last Wednesday.

 

 

 Three Year Ten classes of pupils were told to self-isolate as a precaution.

Caerphilly county is braced to become the latest part of the UK to go back under local lockdown after a "significant" spike.

People can't enter or leave without good reason once the restrictions come into force at 6pm on Tuesday.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases have been linked to clusters of people meeting indoors and holidaying overseas.

He said: "A lot of these cases are in younger people and thankfully, at the moment, most of these are mild."

CASES SURGE

Despite the rise in cases across the UK, deaths remain low,with three more confirmed yesterday, bringing the overall toll to 41,554.

Yesterday, the deputy chief medical officer warned Brits have "relaxed too much" with end-of-lockdown parties sparking a spike in coronavirus infection.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said a surge in cases in the 17 to 21 age group has become increasingly worrying.

Prof Van-Tam added: "I am quite concerned that we must take this seriously so that we don't end up with a spreading problem over the next few weeks and months."

He urged party-loving youngsters to remember they are “potent spreaders” infecting the elderly. 

Prof Van-Tam said: "This is a big change. It's now consistent over two days and it's of great concern at this point.

"We've been able to relax a bit over the summer, the disease levels have been really quite low in the UK through the summer but these latest figures really show us that much as people might like to say 'oh well it's gone away' – this hasn't gone away.

"And if we're not careful, if we don't take this incredibly seriously from this point in we're going to have a bumpy ride over the next few months."


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