A primary school teacher and two pupils at a Liverpool school are in quarantine at home after visiting one of the countries affected by a large coronavirus outbreak.

Woolton Primary School, Woolton , confirmed on Thursday afternoon that a member of staff and two pupils are at home self-isolating after visiting one of the areas affected by coronavirus.

The school said that it was in the process of informing parents and carers of the precautions.

The school confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon and is currently informing parents

The school also stressed that neither the teacher nor the pupils had returned to school since their visit to the affected area.

A school spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have a member of staff and two children who have chosen to self-isolate after returning from holiday in one of the areas affected by coronavirus.

"They have not been in school since they returned and this is a precautionary measure."

Unconfirmed reports have suggested that the teacher recently returned from a visit to northern Italy, a region that has been hit badly by the outbreak.

The news comes after a teacher at another Liverpool school was sent home from work after developing flu-like symptoms upon returning from a holiday in Italy .

More than 200 cases have been reported in Italy, most of which in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

Coaches carrying passengers at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral

The government updated its coronavirus guidance on Tuesday morning and advised that anyone who was travelled to the affected areas in northern Italy since 19 February should 'stay indoors and avoid contact with other people' even if you don't have symptoms.

On Thursday morning, two more coronavirus cases were confirmed in the UK , bringing the total number of UK cases to 15.

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The virus was passed on in Italy and Tenerife and the patients have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital in London.

On Sunday, Public Health England confirmed that four patients who a rrived at Arrowe Park Hospital from The Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus .

One of the evacuees who tested positive for the virus was transferred to the specialist infectious disease unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital , while the other three patients were taken to other designated specialist hospitals across England.