A PARENT of a Didcot primary school pupil has tested positive for coronavirus.

Aureus Primary School informed parents and carers today that a member of its community had contracted the flu-like virus, and that it would be carrying out additional cleaning of communal areas.

However, in line with government guidance, it will not be closing.

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In an email, the school’s executive headteacher Julie Hiddleston said: “Today we have been informed that a parent of Aureus Primary has been diagnosed with coronavirus (Covid-19).

“At this stage the children from this family have not shown any symptoms nor tested positive for coronavirus themselves but as a precaution, are remaining at home.

“In line with advice from the Department of Education and Public Health England, Aureus Primary will remain open and we will remain vigilant of any pupil or member of staff who is showing cold or flu symptoms.

“We are undertaking additional cleaning of key areas and we will continue to remind children and staff regarding hygiene.”

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She announced that the school will now be implementing a new coronavirus strategy, which will be detailed in due course.

Screen shots of the email were shared on the Spotted: Didcot Facebook page.

Several schools have closed for cleaning in recent weeks after suspected cases of the virus, although most were false alarms.

Bloxham School near Banbury confirmed last week that a British family, connected with the school, had tested positive.

School leaders there also agreed there was no need for a closure to keep pupils safe.

The Prime Minister said in a press conference late this afternoon that if someone develops symptoms, both they and everyone they live with should self-isolate for 14 days.