A British primary school has today closed for a deep clean after a headteacher claimed a parent caught the killer coronavirus that has infected more than 82,000 people as it continues to sweep the world.
Burbage Primary School in Buxton, Derbyshire, told parents and carers about the case last night. However, health chiefs have yet to confirm if it is correct. Only 13 cases have been confirmed on British soil currently – all of them have been linked to the Far East and nobody has caught the illness in the UK.
Coronavirus chaos has gripped Britain, with the UK now waking up to the fact the outbreak is an impending crisis and no longer just an issue in China. Growing fears have led to big businesses being shut down, sporting events postponed and families across the home nations stockpiling nappies and soup.
However, health bosses have warned the public to expect more cases amid the escalating crisis which yesterday saw the number of coronavirus infections around the world overtake China for the first time.
The decision to close Burbage Primary School had been taken as a ‘precautionary measure’, according to a WhatsApp message sent to parents by headteacher Anthony Tierney.
The message read: ‘Dear parents and carers, due to a confirmed case of coronavirus amongst our parent population, Burbage Primary School will be CLOSED tomorrow (Thursday 27 February 2020) as a precautionary measure and to enable a deep clean to be completed. A further update will be shared tomorrow. Thank you.’
School bosses emphasised that the decision had been taken for the safety and protection of children and teachers so that the school can be cleaned.
But an appeal by the school, which has 347 pupils and 49 members of staff, for people not to share the information was met with some anger and dismay.
Mr Tierney was on site early this morning to deal with concerned parents. He confirmed that the gates would remain closed for the day. ‘We are shut, it is just a precaution,’ he said. ‘I can’t say anything more at the moment.’