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Uppingham School says there is no evidence of coronavirus after a parent visits the school days after trip to Singapore

Uppingham School has sought to reassure people over coronavirus fears after it was reported that a parent visited the school 72 hours after a trip to Singapore.

The school, which has fees of £40,000 a year, issued guidance after the virus was first identified in China, asking everyone involved with the school to self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting a high-risk country.

But over the weekend it was revealed that a parent visited the school last week, shortly after visiting Singapore.

Uppingham School
Uppingham School

A spokesman for Uppingham School said in a statement issued today (Monday, February 17): "As of today, there is no evidence of anyone connected with Uppingham School displaying or experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus.

"On February 9, a parent very briefly attended the school having travelled from Singapore as part of a 24-hour stopover in the previous 72 hours. This was in direct contravention to the guidance the school had issued.

"The parent had very limited access to others while on the school’s premises. The risk of the individual concerned having the virus is statistically remote. The appropriate medical authorities were notified."

The school said it had issued its guidance "in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the whole school community and in accordance with the advice and guidance given by the Boarding Schools Association, the Medical Officer of Schools Association and supported by the school medical officer".

The spokesman added: "There continues to be no evidence whatsoever of any worrying symptoms of anyone in the school community. Uppingham will continue to operate its stringent policy towards the coronavirus in a bid to ensure the wellbeing of everyone associated with the school."

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