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Family at heart of UK coronavirus outbreak are couple whose son attends £5,000-a-term Surrey school

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The family at the heart of the epicentre of the Coronavirus in the UK are a husband and wife whose son attends a £5,000 a term prep school in Surrey, Mail Online can reveal.

The couple have been confirmed as having the Covid-19 infection and have led to other parents being placed in self isolation after they came into contact with them.

Their son has also been placed in self isolation – but has not yet tested positive for the fast spreading virus.

The prep school, St Edmund's in Hindhead, Surrey, (pictured) confirmed that the parents of one of their pupils had the virus

The prep school, St Edmund's in Hindhead, Surrey, (pictured) confirmed that the parents of one of their pupils had the virus

The prep school, St Edmund’s in Hindhead, Surrey, (pictured) confirmed that the parents of one of their pupils had the virus

It is not known how the husband and wife contracted the virus and health officials in the Surrey area have been tracing anyone they came into contact with.

Their son’s prep school, St Edmund’s in Hindhead, Surrey, confirmed that the parents of one of their pupils had the virus.

Headmaster Adam Walker said in a statement that other parents who had come into contact with the pair were now self isolating and waiting to see if they test positive.

Other parents at the unnamed infected couple's son's prep school, St Edmund's in Hindhead, Surrey, have gone into self isolation after having contact with the pair

Other parents at the unnamed infected couple's son's prep school, St Edmund's in Hindhead, Surrey, have gone into self isolation after having contact with the pair

Other parents at the unnamed infected couple’s son’s prep school, St Edmund’s in Hindhead, Surrey, have gone into self isolation after having contact with the pair

The couple, who have not been named, were at the epicentre of the first outbreak of the virus in the affluent market town of Haslemere over the weekend

The couple, who have not been named, were at the epicentre of the first outbreak of the virus in the affluent market town of Haslemere over the weekend

The couple, who have not been named, were at the epicentre of the first outbreak of the virus in the affluent market town of Haslemere over the weekend

He said the couple’s son is ‘well and self isolating’ as a precautionary measure and no other pupil or teacher had the virus.

The school remains open on the advice of Public Health England, but was undergoing deep cleaning.

Mr Walker said: ‘Whilst there is uncertainty about the Coronavirus, the evidence is that it appears to pose a very low risk to children. We have a super team in our School Surgery and our excellent teaching and pastoral staff have been working hard to ensure that it is business as usual at school for the children.’

Haslemere (pictured today) is a quintessentially English commuter town - so much so it was chosen as the setting for a BBC documentary titled 'Contagion!' looking at how a flu outbreak might spread across Britain

Haslemere (pictured today) is a quintessentially English commuter town - so much so it was chosen as the setting for a BBC documentary titled 'Contagion!' looking at how a flu outbreak might spread across Britain

Haslemere (pictured today) is a quintessentially English commuter town – so much so it was chosen as the setting for a BBC documentary titled ‘Contagion!’ looking at how a flu outbreak might spread across Britain 

Shoppers in the Haslemere Waitrose have been wearing face masks as four people linked to the town fell ill

Shoppers in the Haslemere Waitrose have been wearing face masks as four people linked to the town fell ill

Shoppers in the Haslemere Waitrose have been wearing face masks as four people linked to the town fell ill

The couple, who have not been named, were at the epicentre of the first outbreak of the virus in the affluent market town of Haslemere over the weekend.

The town’s health centre and a pub were shut after fears a so called ‘super spreader’ had visited both.

Stocks of hand sanitizer quickly sold out at the two pharmacists in the high street while many locals were angry that they were not told who was carrying the virus.

The town's health centre and a pub were shut after fears a so called 'super spreader' had visited both. Shops remained open while streets were almost deserted

The town's health centre and a pub were shut after fears a so called 'super spreader' had visited both. Shops remained open while streets were almost deserted

The town’s health centre and a pub were shut after fears a so called ‘super spreader’ had visited both. Shops remained open while streets were almost deserted

Stocks of hand sanitizer quickly sold out at the two pharmacists in the high street while many locals were angry that they were not told who was carrying the virus

Stocks of hand sanitizer quickly sold out at the two pharmacists in the high street while many locals were angry that they were not told who was carrying the virus

Stocks of hand sanitizer quickly sold out at the two pharmacists in the high street while many locals were angry that they were not told who was carrying the virus

Trade at local shops plunged by more than half after the town became the focus of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

The town of Hindhead is three miles from Haslemere where a local pub The Prince of Wales has been closed since the weekend after being visited by one of those with the virus.

The Haslemere Health Centre also closed, but re-opened after a deep clean.

St Edmunds has 470 pupils aged from two to 16.

Almost 91,000 cases of coronavirus have been recorded across the world. At least 3,100 people are known to have died

Almost 91,000 cases of coronavirus have been recorded across the world. At least 3,100 people are known to have died

Almost 91,000 cases of coronavirus have been recorded across the world. At least 3,100 people are known to have died

Its former pupils include TV presenter Jonathan Dimbleby and the current King of Jordan.

Poet W.H.Auden and film director John Schlesinger are also ‘old boys’ at the school which was established in 1874.

One of the parents whose child is at the school is Professor Trudie Lang, who is a current advisor to the Chief Medical Officer and the UK Government.

Trade at local shops plunged by more than half after the town became the focus of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK

Trade at local shops plunged by more than half after the town became the focus of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK

Trade at local shops plunged by more than half after the town became the focus of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK

The full statement from the school said: ‘In the past few days St Edmund’s school was made aware that the father and mother of one of the pupils has been confirmed as cases of COVID-19.

The government's battle plan has been divided into four stages – 'Contain', 'delay', 'research' and 'mitigate'

The government's battle plan has been divided into four stages – 'Contain', 'delay', 'research' and 'mitigate'

The government’s battle plan has been divided into four stages – ‘Contain’, ‘delay’, ‘research’ and ‘mitigate’

‘Contact assessments have been made for each parent and several other parents of the school have gone into self-isolation as a precaution.

‘The pupil is well and is self-isolating at home as a precautionary measure. No pupil or member of staff has been confirmed as a case of the virus.

‘The school has been in discussion with, and taken advice from, Public Health England (PHE) who have carried out contact assessments. PHE have advised that at this time there is no action for the school to take.

‘Should this situation change, PHE will be working closely with the school and updates will be released to parents.

‘The school is also supported with advice from current parent Professor Trudie Lang, who is the Professor of Global Health Research at Oxford University and a current advisor to the Chief Medical Officer and UK government.’

Headmaster Adam Walliker comments: ‘whilst there is uncertainty about the Coronavirus, the evidence is that it appears to pose a very low risk to children. We have a super team in our School Surgery and our excellent teaching and pastoral staff have been working hard to ensure that it is business as usual at school for the children.’

The town of Hindhead is three miles from Haslemere where a local pub The Prince of Wales has been closed since the weekend

The town of Hindhead is three miles from Haslemere where a local pub The Prince of Wales has been closed since the weekend

 The town of Hindhead is three miles from Haslemere where a local pub The Prince of Wales has been closed since the weekend

‘Hygiene at school remains a priority with an emphasis on good hand-washing and personal hygiene. The school is cleaned daily and disinfectant wipes used for computer screens.

‘A rolling programme of deep cleaning is in place. Regular assemblies and briefings are taking place for children, staff and parents. Sports matches continue to take place against other schools and a full programme of teaching and activities is in full swing. The new mountain bike competition trails are due to open this month and the indoor swimming pool remains in use by children from St Edmund’s and other schools.’

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