TWO pupils and a member of staff from Wellington School have been told to self-isolate over coronavirus fears.

Public Health England have widened the specified countries and areas of concern, with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK.

These countries include Italy, Iran and South Korea and the updated guidance applies to individuals who have returned from these countries on or after February 19, 2020.

Wellington School headmaster Eugene du Toit said: “Wellington School has two pupils and one member of staff who returned from these countries.

"The school responded swiftly to the new advice and has followed Public Health England’s guidance.

"The pupils and member of staff in question are all isolated away from school and their return will be managed in accordance with Public Health England’s protocols.”

The steps that have been taken are precautionary and in line with government advice.

Mr du Toit added: “This will naturally be of concern to our community but please rest assured that all recommended procedures have been followed diligently.

"The health and safety of our pupils and the surrounding community is of paramount importance and we are committed to ensuring that every measure is taken to protect the welfare of the Wellington community.

"I will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available to us."

Mr du Toit confirmed that the school’s response to COVID-19 is being updated on a daily basis in response to government advice and guidelines. He also confirmed that the school will provide guidance to parents and staff about travel over the Easter holiday.

Already this week at Crispin School in Street, Somerset a number of pupils who returned from a trip to Italy have been told to self-isolate as a precaution, as has one pupil at Chilton Trinity School in Bridgwater.