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Southwell Town Council echo advice of Public Health England after wider family member of Lowe's Wong Junior School pupil is diagnosed with coronavirus




A case of coronavirus was revealed in Southwell on Tuesday, but residents are being urged stay calm and take the recommended precautions.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were six cases reported in Nottinghamshire and two in Nottingham city. Public Health England would not confirm rumours that four of the cases were in the Newark area.

The Southwell resident diagnosed with coronavirus is a member of the wider family of a Lowe’s Wong Junior School pupil. The school took advice from Public Health England and the pupil has since self-isolated.

Six people in Kent have been diagnosed with coronavirus (31322110)
Six people in Kent have been diagnosed with coronavirus (31322110)

The Minster School was notified of the diagnosis and issued a letter to its parents informing them the Lowe’s Wong pupil had no siblings there.

Mrs Lyn Harris, town council chairman, said, the community needed to support each other and move forward together.

“Firstly, we want to wish the person who has the virus a speedy recovery,” she said.

Coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms and can result in pneumonia (31322119)
Coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms and can result in pneumonia (31322119)

“As a community, we need to continue to go on and carry on with our lives.

“We should also be more mindful of what is around us and take advice from the Government and Public Health England.”

Businessman Robert Beckett, who owns A.J. Beckett, said companies would continue to deliver their services in the safest way possible.

He said: “All of our service vehicles here have got anti-bacterial hand cleansers and our engineers have them in their pockets.

A notice is displayed in the window of Boots, Southwell. It has been announed this week that a resdient of the town has contracted the Coronavirus. 100320TV3-4. (31257279)
A notice is displayed in the window of Boots, Southwell. It has been announed this week that a resdient of the town has contracted the Coronavirus. 100320TV3-4. (31257279)

“I have given workers instructions to use the sanitisers before they go into the customer’s house, when leaving and before getting back into their vehicles.

“We are very much conscious of it without being alarmist.”

Mr Beckett is also the secretary of the Southwell branch of the Royal British Legion, who were meant to have their monthly meeting on Monday, but decided to cancel over virus fears.

He said: "We are taking appropriate actions as far as we can and we will review this as times goes on."

Elsewhere, a ski trip to Italy for pupils from Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn, was cancelled within 24 hours of staff and pupils arriving after the Italian authorities shut the slopes.

Newark couple Natasha Pearson and husband David became trapped in Rome when the city went into lockdown shortly after they landed for a romantic break organised by Natasha for David's birthday.

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