British schools issue coronavirus warnings to parents amid fears half-term holidays to the Far East could spark a new surge of cases into the UK

Writing to parents on Monday schools across the country diligently passed on the information offered by The Department for Education – to avoid mainland China and use hand sanitiser.

While official government advice states that there is no reason a child should not attend school as normal after visiting China if they do not have symptoms (unless they visited Wuhan or Hubei Province) – many schools are drawing up their own guidelines.

This may cause further concern for parents of Chinese children who have warned that their youngsters are being ostracised by their friends in British schools because of the coronavirus outbreak, with some refusing to play with them.