Students at a Durham college have been placed in a 'bubble lockdown' after a case of Covid-19 was confirmed at the site.

New College Durham says it has contacted the youngsters who are directly affected and all their lessons will move online. In total 25 plumbing students are in the bubble.

The college, at Framwellgate Moor, Durham, remains open and all staff and pupils not impacted are asked to attend as normal.

Andy Broadbent, principal and chief executive of the college, said: "Our key priority is keeping staff, students and visitors safe at this time.

"We have directly contacted all students affected and a deep clean of the college has taken place in the affected areas. We have online and remote learning in place, so that no student is disadvantaged.

"We are working closely with the Public Health Authority to respond appropriately. We understand that this news may be worrying for some people.

"However, with the safety measures we have in place across the campus, teamed with robust plans for online and remote learning, we are able to minimise the impact of these limited cases, whilst still delivering a high quality education."

Safety measures introduced at the college include mandatory face coverings in communal areas, the mandatory wearing of face coverings by teaching staff in the classroom, hand sanitising stations across the campus, and social distancing in classrooms and around the campus.

In addition, there are one-way systems and an enhanced cleaning regime which includes staff members dedicated to cleaning touchpoints such as door handles and banisters.

A number of schools and colleges across the North East have been affected by coronavirus over the past few weeks. Some asked year groups or bubbles to isolate, while others decided to close temporarily.