A student from a high school in Brighton has been told to remain in self-isolation for 14 days over fears that they may have contracted the coronavirus. In a message sent to parents on Friday, the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) said the pupil was staying at home in self-quarantine and that the school would be notified should they start to present symptoms. The news comes as British citizens flying back from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, are due to be quarantined at a facility in Milton Keynes on Sunday.
The school in Brighton released a statement, it said: “As I am sure many of you are aware, media outlets reported on Thursday of a first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Brighton.
“We are working in collaboration with and being guided by the local authority and Public Health England to ensure that we at PACA are acting consistently with the right medical advice.
“Today we have been contacted by a parent of a student at PACA who was contacted by Public Health England as part of their investigation concerning the confirmed case that was reported in the press.”
Meanwhile, five British citizens, including one child, are in hospital in France after contracting the disease during a holiday in the Alps, French health minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday.
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