Great Britain

18 schools in coronavirus lockdown amid emergency plan to shut ALL UK classrooms and public transport in global pandemic

EIGHTEEN British schools have been hit with coronavirus panic amid emergency plans to close all UK classrooms and public transport as the bug spreads.

Schools across the country were either on lockdown or sent pupils and staff home after they returned from trips in virus-riddled Northern Italy.

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Cransley School in Northwich, Brine Leas Academy Sixth Form in Nantwich and Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough have all closed.

Pupils had returned from ski trips in Italy where 11 people have now died as the the number of cases continues to rocket.

A further 15 schools in the UK sent staff and pupils home to self-isolate for 14 days - including Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster, which is Louis Tomlinson's old school.

Sandbach High School in Cheshire confirmed they were still open but said students and staff on a trip to Lombardy were told to quarantine themselves.

While Cambridge House Grammar School in Northern Ireland sent around 50 pupils and staff home as a precaution after returning from an Italian ski holiday in the same region.

'PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE'

In Sidcup, Cleeve Park School has advised staff and pupils to stay at home after returning from another ski trip in northern Italy - They have not specified how many people they sent home.

Crispin School in Street, Somerset told pupils who had recently returned from Italy not to come into school - calling it a "precautionary measure".

And In Cornwall, Newquay Tretherras school said in a letter to parents it had told 20 students and three members of staff to stay at home after returning from a ski trip in Pampeago in the north of Italy.

Salendine Nook High School in Yorkshire has also sent pupils home after they returned from a ski trip in northern Italy.

It is also understood 29 Cransley school pupils and five staff members had travelled to Italy for the ski trip - all since advised to stay at home.

Cransley school - one of the stop independent schools in the UK that charges students almost £12,000 a year- has now been closed to all pupils to undergo a deep-clean.

Brits who have travelled to Italy have today been told to "self-isolate" for 14 days to stop the spread of the bug that has claimed seven lives in Italy so far.

'PANDEMIC' FEARS

It comes as England’s top doctor warned a global pandemic may lead to school closures, families quarantined and public transport shut down.

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said yesterday: “There’s no secret there’s a variety of things you need to look at, like school closures.”

Currently, only high-risk individuals are asked to stay at home to limit the spread of Covid-19.

But Prof Whitty said whole families could be told to self-isolate during a major outbreak.

Four in five Brits could also become infected by the disease - with up to 500,000 killed, according to a doomsday scenario set out in official papers seen by The Sun.

DEATH TOLL RISES

More than 2,700 people have died globally from coronavirus, while there are more than 80,000 cases.

At least 52 British tourists have been padlocked inside a quarantined Tenerife hotel today with two guests tested positive for the virus.
And throughout northern Italy, 50,000 people have now been placed in total lockdown in 11 towns.

But the country has not been added to the Number 10’s list of “high-risk” countries prompting criticism from medics concerned tourists potentially carrying the virus are not being quarantined.

However, Britain’s chief medical officer is expected to add a number of northern regions of Italy to that list.

Health officials are believed to be considering whether to go further and ask everyone returning from the regions to stay at home for two weeks.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today said if anyone has travelled to any quarantined area in Italy, they should self isolate no matter what.

He told BBC News: "Those have been to Northern Italy, anybody that has been to Italy north of Pisa should, if they have flu like symptoms, should self isolate - which means go home and try to stay out of contact with other people.

"If people have been to affected areas the Italian government have quarantined, then they should self isolate whether or not they have symptoms."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tells Brits if they've been to North Italy to self-isolate if they feel ill