Pupils at Prince George's and Princess Charlotte's school are in self-isolation over fears  they may have the coronavirus.

According to the Mirror Online , Thomas's Battersea primary school, in  south-west London - attended by George,six, and  Charlotte, four,-  sent home four pupils who are currently awaiting test results for Covid-19. 

Two of the children reported flu-like symptoms after returning home from a trip to northern Italy. 

However, none of pupils at the school are confirmed to have contacted the virus, which has infected more than 80,000 people across the world.

Princess Charlotte, with her brother George, on her first day at Thomas's Battersea school


Battersea isn't the only UK school to be affected by the outbreak in Italy following the country's ski season. Some schools have shut for the foreseeable future and others have temporarily sent pupils home while they await assessments. 

However, Public Health England (PHE) advised schools to remain open. 

Paul Cosford, the organisation's medical director told Radio 4's Today programme: "Schools have to take difficult decisions, given the complexity of issues that they are facing.

"What I would say is that our general advice is not to close schools."

Two children from Thomas's Battersea school developed flu-like symptoms

The royal children's school is reported to have issued a statement to Spanish news site El Confidencial in which it confirmed the measures.

Thomas's Battersea said: "Like all schools, we are taking very seriously the potential risks related to the spread of Covid-19 and to this end we are following the Government's instructions to the letter on infection prevention and case management in which it is suspected that some staff member or students exposed to the virus or showing any symptoms.

"We currently have a very small number of students who have been evaluated and these individuals currently remain in their homes waiting to receive the results of their exams. 

"All parents have been informed and we have maintained regular communication with our school community to ensure that councils are shared and important information circulated.

"Of course, we will preserve the confidentiality of staff and students, and we will not comment on specific cases." 

Parents at the school have been sent an email, informing them that four children displayed flu-like symptoms. 

Kensington Palace has been approached for comment on the development.

Zara and Mike Tindall on their wedding day

The Queen's granddaughter, Zara Tindall, will not be self-isolating following her skiing trip to northern Italy, it emerged yesterday (February 26). 

Zara and husband Mike are understood to have returned from the town of Bormio, in the virus-hit Lombardy region, last week. 

A spokeswoman for the couple said they were following official Government and health advice, but as they do not currently have any symptoms they would not be going into self-isolation. 

Which schools have shut? 

The following schools have shut indefinitely or for the day. If your child's is on the list, check the school website for any updates: 

Northern England

Cransley School, Northwich 

Brine Leas Academy, Nantwich 

Trinity Catholic College, Middlesbrough 

St Christopher's C of E High School, Accrington

The coronavirus under a microscope

Tudor Grange Academy, Birmingham  

Archbishop Temple, Preston 

The ContinU Plus Academy, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Southern England

Gedney Church End, Spalding

Lutton St Nicholas, Spalding 

Shepeau Stow Primary School, Spalding 

William Martin C of E, Harlow 

St Peter's C of E, Old Windsor - this has shut for Thursday only, as things stand 

Lime Academy Watergall, Bretton, Peterborough

Bretton Community Pre-school, Peterborough

Burford School, Oxfordshire 

Schools which have sent pupils home 

Northern England

Hall Cross Academy, Doncaster 

Salendine Nook, Huddersfield 

Sandbach High School, Cheshire

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, West Derby

Health officials say people who have been to anywhere in northern Italy should self-isolate if they develop flu-like symptoms

St George’s Academy in Sleaford 

Caistor Yarborough Academy, Lincs

Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire  

Rawlins Academy, Quorn, Leicestershire 

Crofton Academy in Wakefield 

Trentham Academy, Stoke-on-Trent

Public Health England medical director, Paul Cosford told Radio 4's Today programme: "What we are clear about is if you have been in the area of northern Italy of concern and you have symptoms - it is a cough, shortness of breath or fever - then you do need to self-isolate, you need to phone NHS 111 and await advice for further assessment or testing. 

"Of course if you've been to one of the specific towns that are identified by the Italian government and essentially closed down, then our advice and requirement is to self-isolate anyway."

He said Public Health England was available to talk to schools about their "specific circumstances" and "help them make the right decisions for them". 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people who have been to anywhere in Italy north of Pisa should self-isolate if they develop flu-like symptoms on their return to the UK.

Southern England

Crispin School, Somerset   

Newquay Tretherras, Cornwall 

Penair School, Truro, Cornwall   

Sydney Russell, Dagenham

The Holt School, Wokingham

Torquay Boy's Grammar

Four children at Princess Charlotte and Prince George's school are being tested for the coronavirus

Cleeve Park, Sidcup 

Ely College, Cambridgeshire 

Ashcroft Technology Academy, Putney

Central Foundation Boys' School, Islington 

St Aidan’s Church of England, Harrogate 

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy in Gorleston 

Ormiston Denes in Lowestoft

Channel Islands

Guernsey Grammar School

Wales

Haverfordwest High School 

Ysgol Friars, Bangor 

Northern Ireland

Banbridge Academy, Northern Ireland

Cambridge House Grammar, Northern Ireland 

Limavady Grammar, Northern Ireland