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The school said the decision to close was made independently of health officials
A school in Derbyshire has closed after alerting parents to a "confirmed case of coronavirus amongst our parent population".Burbage Primary School, in Buxton, announced on Wednesday night that the closure was a precautionary measure to allow a deep clean to be completed.A medical centre less than a mile from the school has also closed due to a "confirmed case of coronavirus".It is understood it is one of two new cases announced by the government.BBC health editor Hugh Pym said the person involved was thought to have picked up the virus in Tenerife.
Zoe Milly Jones told the BBC she saw several ambulances go to a property in the town at about 22:45 GMT on Wednesday before paramedics in hazard-style white suits helped a person into one of them.She said the ambulances then left the scene with their blue lights on.Buxton Medical Practice has also closed and its answerphone message currently says: "We have a confirmed case of the coronavirus."We are liaising with Public Health England and the CCG to ensure all appropriate actions are taken. Please do not come to the practice."
Zoe Milly Jones posted a video on Twitter of a convoy of ambulances in Buxton
BBC Radio Derby reporter Matt Barlow, who has a son at the school, said parents were alerted to the closure on Wednesday night and another update was sent out earlier.It said the parent had been on holiday without the child and the pupil had attended school on Monday and Tuesday.When the parent told the school they had travelled to an affected area, a decision was taken to keep the child off school on Wednesday.The school was then informed on Wednesday evening the parent's condition had worsened and it was decided a full closure was necessary.Another parent, who did not want to be named, told BBC Radio Derby: "I think the school has made a very sensible decision."It was surprising as it [coronavirus] seems like something very far away."
The alert was written by the school's head teacher Anthony Tierney
Derbyshire County Council said it was "seeking confirmation from Public Health England"."We will release further information as soon as possible," a spokesman said.The school, which has about 350 pupils, said it would provide a further update later.
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More than 7,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK since the outbreak began to spread beyond China in January, with 15 cases confirmed positive.The two latest positive tests were confirmed by England's chief medical officer earlier.The two people have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres in Liverpool and London, the Department of Health said.England's chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty said the virus was passed on while they were in Italy and Tenerife.
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