A total of 430 pupils from a Leigh school are self-isolating after 25 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been detected.

The students, who attend Belfairs Academy, are self-isolating following the cases which are from across a number of year groups.

It comes as, as of 3pm yesterday, across all settings (early years to university) 2,183 pupils were self-isolating in Southend.

While thousands of pupils are self-isolating across the county.

An Essex County Council spokesperson, said: “Approximately 5,674 school pupils are self-isolating in the ECC area, this figure also includes academies and colleges.”

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A spokesman from the Legra Academy Trust, which Belfairs Academy is a part of, said: "As soon as we are informed of any positive tests, our clearly-defined policies and procedures are put in place, taking into account national guidance and discussions with Public Health England.


"The academy has a successful and well-developed blended learning plan for all students who are self-isolating and they access live lessons via MS Teams.

"We are very grateful to our parents for their support and thank our staff for their outstanding approach to teaching and learning despite the disruption."