| 2.5°C Dublin

Coronavirus: Donegal school advises students who attended Italian trip to stay at home

Close

Bruce Aylward, International team lead for the WHO-China joint mission on COVID-19 coronavirus attends a news conference after his trip to China at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, 25 February, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Bruce Aylward, International team lead for the WHO-China joint mission on COVID-19 coronavirus attends a news conference after his trip to China at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, 25 February, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

REUTERS

Bruce Aylward, International team lead for the WHO-China joint mission on COVID-19 coronavirus attends a news conference after his trip to China at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, 25 February, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Students from a Donegal school who have just returned from a trip to Italy have been advised to stay at home following the coronavirus outbreak.

The students from Loreto in Milford have just returned from a skiing trip to Italy.

Those on the trip were not in a restricted area for the COVIF 19 virus.

However, the school has decided that as a precaution and to allay fears, the students will remain at home for the coming days.

The school says it will await further guidance on the situation.

Parents of children at the school were tonight sent an email informing them of the development.

The school added that it will email parents more information on the situation tomorrow

Meanwhile, parents of children who attended a Cork secondary school's tour to northern Italy last week have been urged to seek medical advice if any youngster displays flu-like symptoms over the coming days.

Christ King secondary school, located just off the South Douglas Road in Cork, issued an email notice to all parents this evening in
response to queries over the school's tour to northern Italy earlier this month and potential coronavirus fears.

A number of female students from the school travelled to northern Italy between February 12 and 17.

It is understood that no student has reported any flu-like symptoms since their February 17 return to Cork.

However, Principal Richel Long issued the email circular to all parents and guardians as the school awaited a response from the Health
Service Executive (HSE) over travel to the Lombardy area of Italy, parts of which are now the focus of a coronavirus lockdown.

"There are (concerns) as to what consequences this may have with regard to the Coronavirus-Covid 19. The principal has been in contact with the HSE and the advice to date is if your daughter is feeling unwell to contact your doctor for medical advice," the note advised.

"The HSE have informed the public through their website of (that) symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear and, should your daughter present with a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or a fever to please seek medical advice."

"The HSE are currently in a meeting and we are waiting for them to respond to schools nationwide who have students returning from northern Italy."

It is understood up to six Irish schools have had city and skiing tours to Italy over the past three weeks.

Online Editors