KENTS Hill Junior School in Benfleet has warned parents of a "suspected" case of coronavirus in one of its pupils.

An email was sent out to parents yesterday explaining that the child is self-isolating following advice from Public Health England.

The email, from headteacher, Michael Thomas, said: "Kents Hill Junior School can confirm that one of our pupils is self-isolating following advice from NHS 111/Public Health England in relation to coronavirus (covid-19).

"Currently, the pupil is suspected of being a case, but this has not been confirmed.

"I have sought advice from Public Health England and they have advised that there is no need for us to take any action.

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"We will continue to be vigilant with cleanliness and ensuring we are aware of the symptoms and latest advice.

"The latest advice and guidance can be found on the NHS website, and I have attached a useful poster which you may find helpful.

"The child is monitoring their symptoms and I will update you if there is any further information I need to share."

Several parents have kept their children off school as a precaution.

The school has been contacted for comment.