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Fourth Newport primary school confirms positive coronavirus case in reception class

A Welsh medium school has confirmed they have had a positive coronavirus case within their reception class.

Parents of students at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd, on Hartridge Farm Road, Newport, were informed of the case via an email on Sunday.

Headteacher Ceri Parry told parents she had been notified of a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school’s reception class.

“All close contacts of the case are being identified and are in the process of receiving appropriate advice,” Mrs Parry said.

The headteacher said children who have not been identified as a close contact do not need to self-isolate, do not require testing and can continue to attend school as usual.

She also reminded parents to continue to be alert for symptoms including a new or continuous cough, a high temperature, or a change in sense of taste or smell.

Three primary schools in Newport have confirmed cases of the virus this week.

Eveswell Primary, St Gabriel’s Primary and Malpas Park Primary all have year groups self-isolating following positive cases.

Two secondary schools, Lliswerry and St Josephs, have also reported coronavirus cases and asked year seven pupils to self isolate.

Nearby Risca Primary School, which falls within the Caerphilly council area, confirmed on Saturday that all their year two pupils would need to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive.

It comes as Newport recorded another 15 cases of the virus on Sunday.

The city now has the fourth highest seven-day rolling total of cases adjusted for population in Wales with 43.3 per 100,000 people, behind Caerphilly (85), Merthyr Tydfil (56.4), and Rhondda Cynon Taf (48.5).

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