Prince George and Princess Charlotte's school has been affected by coronavirus

Cyan Turan
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From Cosmopolitan

We don't know about you, but we're beginning to feel a *little* nervous about coronavirus. Increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with the virus and just this morning, two new cases were confirmed in the UK.

Many offices are closing their doors to staff, and at least eight UK schools have shut. Yesterday, it was revealed that even the royals haven't been able to escape the panic surrounding the disease, with four pupils from Prince George and Princess Charlotte's school, Thomas's Battersea, staying at home to 'self-isolate'.

Reports say that the pupils were sent home from the school over fears they may have been affected by coronavirus after returning from a ski trip in northern Italy. They have had tests and are staying at home while they wait for the results.

None of the pupils have yet been diagnosed with coronavirus and there is no implication that the situation affects Prince George or Princess Charlotte.

A spokesperson for Thomas's Battersea told Sky News: "We currently have a very small number of pupils who have been tested and these individuals are currently, as per government advice, remaining at home pending the receipt of their test results."

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The school's actions follow government advice to anyone who suspects they have symptoms of coronavirus.

UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from countries including mainland China, Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

If you have returned from northern Italy, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar since 19th February and develop symptoms, you should do the same. But you don't need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms. Read the full advice here.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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