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{UAH} Two men run to court after condoms break during sex

Folks;

This raunchy headline aptly describes the severity of these claims: these two men had engaged in responsible sex, by using officially-approved protective condoms.

But as fate would have it, the condoms tore up during the sex, thus exposing the men to STDs. 

Obviously, their mates were infected already. But by using condoms, these men had played it safe from the get-go, and not trusted their lives on their mates. They might have a case: they were sold defective products that have now brought them illness.

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By JULIET KIGONGO

Two men have sued Marie Stopes Uganda, a non-government organisation that offers reproductive health services, for allegedly distributing defective Life Guard condoms which they claim they used and contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
In their law suit filed before the Civil Division of the High Court, Mr Joseph Kintu and Mr Sulaiman Balinya claim that Marie Stopes negligently distributed the fake condoms which they used thus leading them to contract HIV, a lifetime disease and gonorrhoea respectively.

Mr Kintu claims that in October 1, 2019, he bought a packet of Life Guard condoms batch No 1904205 from a drug shop in Kapeka, Nakaseke District to protect himself against STDs and other related consequences of unprotected sex.
However, he says the condom broke during the act of sex hence exposing him to unprotected sex.

"Having tested HIV negative twice before; in June and September 2019, I tested HIV positive on November 6, 2019," Mr Kintu narrates in his affidavit before court.
Mr Balinya also states that on October 22, 2019, he bought Life Guard condoms batch number 19050105 from Shifa Pharmacy in Ibanda town which he used that same night but upon completion of the act, he realised that the condom had broken and was leaking.
He claims that being a regular condom user, he retained the other condoms he had not used for future use.

"On October 24, 2019, he felt lots of pain in his (Mr Balinya)'s private parts, went to Ruhooko Health Centre IV In Ibanda for treatment where he was tested and diagnosed with gonorrhoea and put on treatment," reads in part the court documents.
Mr Balinya states that he had never been tested or diagnosed with gonorrhoea or any other sexually transmitted infection or disease before the use of the said condoms.
The two men claim that they later found out through the media that the said batch of Life Guard condoms had been recalled by the National Drug Authority (NDA) for being defective and having been illegally distributed by Marie Stopes.

"It was further reported by the Minister of State for Health in her report to Parliament dated November 11, 2019 that the batch of Life Guard condoms that had been rolled to the public illegally and without following the prescribed procedure by the defendant (Marie Stopes) were tested and analysed by NDA and found defective," court documents further read in part.
The two men contend that NDA has clarified that the impugned condoms were defective and the importer rolled them on market before they could be tested and analysed.
Court documents state that as a result of the negligent actions of Marie Stopes, Mr Kintu contracted HIV which he inadvertently transmitted to his wife and as a result has suffered mental anguish, inconvenience while Mr Balinya contracted gonorrhoea thus suffering immense pain.

Through their lawyers of Ojok Advocates, Mr Kintu wants Shs 19million while Mr Balinya wants Shs 3million as special damages, general damages, exemplary damages at an interest of 30 percent and costs of the suit.


{UAH} Michael Bloomberg accused of paying people to cheer for him at election debate | The Independent

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{UAH} KAMPALA and KIGALI - CONNECTING THE DOTS WITH KAYUMBA NYAMWASA.

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{UAH} African Development Bank says World Bank Criticism on Africa is Misleading

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{UAH} RUTH SUNDERLAND: Coronavirus is a game-changer for globalisation

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{UAH} Economic growth is an unnecessary evil, Jacinda Ardern is right to deprioritise it

In 2012, writing as a lone economics blogger, I put forward a case for why countries should ditch economic growth as a political priority.

Long revered as a stalwart of a capitalist society the need to grow has come to overshadow everything else. We prioritise it over our personal health, we prioritise it over the health of the planet and we prioritise it over our happiness.

But given that the function of any economy is to provide an environment of subsistence, that could be little short-sighted.

Economist Kenneth Boulding once said that we eat in order to achieve the state of being well-fed, and moving our jaws is simply the 'cost' of getting there. We would therefore be mistaken to focus our attention on the act of chewing as the desired end-state when it is simply the price we pay to become fed.

But as long as growth is the target of our economic systems people will continue to focus on chewing, which is neither a sustainable nor desirable trait of an economy.

Which is why I welcomed news that New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has put out a national budget where spending is dictated by what best encourages the "well-being" of citizens, rather than focussing on traditional bottom-line measures like productivity and economic growth.

The government will put an emphasis on goals like community and cultural connection and equity in well-being across generations in what has been described as a "game-changing event" by LSE professor Richard Layard.

As part of the framework Ardern has set aside more than $200 million to bolster services for victims of domestic and sexual violence and included a promise to provide housing for the homeless population.

New guidance on policy suggests all new spending must advance one of five government priorities: improving mental health, reducing child poverty, addressing the inequalities faced by indigenous Maori and Pacific islands people, thriving in a digital age, and transitioning to a low-emission, sustainable economy.

Take a look at the biggest problems faced world-wide and you would be hard pushed to find examples that are more grave than the ones set out in Ardern's provisional proposals. Rising inequality, a mental health crisis and climate change are all significant threats, but as long as other major economies prioritise economic growth over wellbeing New Zealand may become a lone wolf trapped in an increasingly hungry bear pit.

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Jack is a business and economics journalist and the founder of The London Economic (TLE).He has contributed articles to The Sunday Telegraph, BBC News and writes for The Big Issue on a weekly basis.Jack read History at the University of Wales, Bangor and has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


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{UAH} STATE FUNERAL: AS MUBARRAK IS LAID TO REST.

The Egyptian government declared three days of national mourning across the country, all flags at half mast, plus a state funeral with 21 gun salute and full military honors. As the late Hosni Mubarak was being laid to rest today (picture attached), I remember how simply and easily he left power to those who wanted it, never to bother him again. Now where is everything that was said about him, and everything that was done against him? Such a farewell can only mean that President Hosni Mubarrak has won!
#RIP

Signed: Hussein Lumumba Amin
26th Feb, 2020
Kampala, Uganda.

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{UAH} Project Fear denied: IMF backtracks on doom-laden 2016 Brexit predictions | World | News | Express.co.uk

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{UAH} Kenyan women applaud the president for legalizing polygamy

legalizing polygamy

This comes at a time when women had complain and even protested against the shortage of men to impregnate them. Women had to match with placards to show the dissatisfaction of not being able to get men to satisfy them. Kenya is a nation where the number of women is about five times that of men. And considering the old law of one man marrying only one woman, many women were left without a man.

Legalizing polygamy brings civil law, where a man was only allowed one wife, into line with customary law, where some cultures allow multiple partners.

legalizing polygamy

With this new law in place, one man can get married to as many wives as possible, saving women the stress of remaining single.

Women have received this message of legalizing polygamy with mixed feelings, with the already married women not happy and the single ladies sing praises to the president for a kind gesture.

Controversy surrounded an amendment to the bill, supported by many male MPs, allowing men to take more wives without consulting existing spouses.

Traditionally, first wives are supposed to give prior approval.

https://wandabiz.com/kenyan-women-applauds-the-president-for-legalizing-polygamy/?fbclid=IwAR0VogI0GwAcDzMlp4qZQLlNt2CV-VXTbSsBTl3S3jgGmeKMrikcquu3tgQ  

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{UAH} BESIGYE: I’m not going anywhere

BESIGYE: I'm not going anywhere

  • February 26, 2020
  • Written by BAKER BATTE
Kizza Besigye. Photo: Nicholas Bamulanzeki

Kizza Besigye. Photo: Nicholas Bamulanzeki

Love him or hate him, he is not quitting politics just yet. Retired Col Dr Kizza Besigye has said no amount of blunt criticism will cow him into abandoning his nearly 20-year-old struggle to oust his political nemesis Yoweri Kaguta Museveni from power.

Besigye, the founding president of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change, FDC, has tried four times since 2001 and failed to defeat President Museveni at the poll. His long streak of defeats at the polls has triggered loud calls from opposition quarters for him to give way to fresh minds to take over.

Speaking in a recent interview with Baker Batte Lule at his office on Katonga road, Beisgye said he won't budge in the face of mounting criticism from opposition quarters. He said giving up his struggle against Museveni would be tantamount to giving up his rights.

Below are excerpts:

People are preparing for 2021. What's happening on your side?

We are in a struggle for liberation and that process has been going on for very many years. Not just in Uganda but the whole of Africa has gone through two liberation processes.

First, to liberate ourselves from foreign control and secondly to liberate ourselves from successors of the foreign control. Foreign control used force to subdue us, to dominate us. Their successors have used those forces to dominate us.

That's why in Uganda, no leader has left power peacefully. It's force that mediates power in Uganda. We want to liberate ourselves from the guns so that those with the guns are commanded by those without guns. That's the liberation in which I'm an activist.

Some people have accused you of being an aggressive and power-hungry man who will do anything to have it…

Some people have misconceived our activism as pursuit for power. It's a total misconception, misrepresentation and misunderstanding because there is no power to pursue yet. What we are fighting for is to liberate that power that is controlled by guns to become the power of the people.

Once that happens, then people can contest for it. If you want to contest for power, which is not there, then you are lost. Then there are people who ask, why do you go into elections if you are not contesting for office? We have used contest for elections as an avenue of struggle for liberation.

In my 2016 campaign, I pointed out very clearly that we could only win by defiance, by fighting, not because somebody has thrown a piece of paper in a ballot box. However, for that message to go to the people, you have to mobilize them so that they have a vote. If you have no power, it remains a piece of paper.

That's the message that we carried throughout that campaign and I'm happy to say people understood it. That's why the 2016 election was the only one in which a candidate went around the whole country being given money and food items to support the struggle. The first liberation did not take a short time.

The British took over Uganda in 1890, broke down our naturally evolving states, Buganda, Bunyoro, Ankole, and created their own state. We didn't get rid of the British until 1962, 70 years later. So, struggles to remove entrenched military rule, are not easy struggles. We have had to use a lot of creative ways to get to the people and one of them has been through elections, which we use to awaken the people around the country.

The second step has been organization, so that people can speak with one voice. The regime will invest heavily to keep people divided and they have departments to cause divisions.

Not just political groups; even civic organizations, religious organizations, students, business community. Any group that brings people together, they must go in and fracture it and manufacture conflict so that you don't focus on the real issues.

When you say NRM works tirelessly to cause divisions among organized groups, doesn't it also find a fertile ground for divisions?

The fertile ground is the uninformed people. If they are aware of what those dominating them are going to do to keep dominating them, then they would be immunized against it. You might have seen during the by-election in Rukungiri, they did what they do everywhere and more.

They spent upwards of Shs 10bn, they distributed boda bodas, matatus, gave cash to whoever said they were a group but we defeated them because the people knew ahead of time that this is what they would do.

They received the money and gave me part of it. So, when we have a critical number of people like those, then the liberation is at hand. The last stage after awakening and organizing, is actually fighting off the dominator and we chose the method of non-violence.

One can also use violent means but the process is the same. We made 2019 a year of action because we thought we had got the critical mass but we got some turbulence during that year because there was a bit of disunity within our group. But I believe we are at a critical stage.

Is time a factor in these stages? Because when you walk on Kampala streets, people seem to have lost trust in the direction the liberation is taking. They say Dr Besigye has failed…

Time is indeed a factor, but not time by itself. Even those complaining that it is taking long, they are a factor of that time. This is a struggle that each and everybody must engage in.

In the earlier elections, we had not come to the conclusion that elections in and of themselves wouldn't cause change. With hindsight that was quite naïve. We believed that if people are dissatisfied in sufficient numbers and we organize them to vote, we thought the regime wouldn't go all the way to disempower people and disrespect their views.

We now know through the bitter experience that [President] Museveni is determined to do anything and everything including destroying the country to maintain power. That's why by 2011, I was fully convinced that elections will not cause change. So, this struggle by defiance started in 2011 with walk- to-work campaigns.

But even some of those who fight with guns take 20 to 50 years. So, every struggle develops according to its own dynamics. What I have been inquiring from those who say you have not achieved what you set out to achieve – I ask them if you are in a bad situation, what are you doing about it? Ok I have failed, forget about me. What should I have done that I have not done to achieve success? I have got no response always. 

They say you have obstructed those who would probably push the struggle to the finish line …

How have I obstructed anybody? I don't have any guns that I'm frightening anyone. I have never moved with anything like a stone or a stick in my hand to threaten anyone.

How then have I obstructed anybody? I don't occupy any office even in the party. The last time I contested as an FDC presidential flag bearer, I actually contested against the party leader. Did I obstruct the party leader from contesting in the primaries?

They say Dr Besigye should excuse himself and step aside as the leader of the struggle…

Step aside from what? How have I stopped anybody from leading the struggle? Is this an organization that has a constitution that has appointed me?

How did I even come to lead the struggle? Whom did I ask that I want to be a leader? You struggle by folding your sleeves and going into the field. That's what I did when I was dissatisfied with Mr Museveni.

Do you believe that for the last 20 years you have been the undisputed leader of the opposition against President Museveni's government?

I contest the whole characterization of the opposition and the government. These are wordings that confuse the people to think there is really a government side and an opposing side. Those sides are not there. There is a captor and captives.

Those who are captives, who have no power, must struggle to break out of captivity. In that struggle everyone is welcome. That's what I have been telling people that what they are asking me to do is to give up the struggle of my own freedom also. I have no freedom to talk, to move, to organize.

I live under repressive laws, which keep us clamped down. I'm exploited as a worker. My money is taken in taxes that are used to beat me up. And you say, you, you have fought enough, keep in your house and keep quiet. Don't talk about what is offending you. That's ridiculous, that's nonsense.

When you said at Namboole during FDC's 15th birthday celebrations that you are not fighting for anybody but yourself, it caused quite a stir, people drew parallels with Museveni who said he was working for himself and his family…

Museveni said he's doing whatever he's doing for his family but for me, I said, apart from fighting for my freedom I was fighting for the freedom of all.

So, you cannot tell a citizen who's terrorized that give up and let others struggle for you. I'm saying no because this is every citizen's duty. When the rule of law has been trampled upon, it's no longer just a wish for you but a duty to fight for the reinstatement of constitutional rule.

Sometimes I wonder especially whether the elites don't feel ashamed comparing Museveni and me. Museveni spends officially our money about Shs 700 million daily. What does Besigye spend of yours – you who is saying we are the same? Can you imagine that level of nonsense that even elites entertain?

The only thing I have noted and doesn't  surprised me, is that some of those who say Besigye and Museveni are the same, simply mean one thing; they all come from that [some] area [western Uganda].

In other words, it's just a tribal sentiment, which is very primitive. They should go to Kiruhura where Museveni comes from and see the tears of people who are forced to sell their milk for nothing yet they have to buy very expensive medicines for the animals.

They are as bitter as those in Karamoja. The other year we collected food to save people in Isingiro which is in the heart of Ankole. In fact Museveni's brother, Gen Salim Saleh's home is in Isingiro.

But these sentiments are recent. These very people who propagate them used to praise you. Don't you think the political dynamics have changed and people genuinely believe Besigye has done his part and should exit?

I have no problem with anybody who believes so; do your part, who has stopped you? Question is, how is Besigye stopping anybody from doing his part?

They expect that if a new leader emerges, you should come out publicly and say, I'm behind this person.

I'm behind everybody who's doing something. Who have I said I'm not going to support if they are fighting? I'm not fighting for leadership, I'm fighting for liberation. But you know there are people who want change but don't want to fight.

Those I can't be behind because my ideology is that change will come through fighting. There are people who are organizing dialogue, very busy. That we should persuade Museveni to realize 35 years is too much, that he should allow power to go back to the people. I have nothing against them but I will not be behind them.

To take you back a little, you said you are convinced you can't change government though polls but in 2016 you said you had won and actually declared yourself winner. If you go into elections well knowing you will not win; why do you mind about the outcome to the extent of declaring yourself the winner?

I told you that by 2016 the only way we would win was by defiance. I even told the Electoral Commission who were registering that 'I don't believe in you.'

The people's government is about that defiance. But because of some internal weaknesses on our side, we were not able to push through to power. That defiance didn't do the last bit it needed to do.

We have moved into the election year, is Dr Besigye going to be a candidate?

As a person I have never set out to pursue an office; never in my life. Whether as a student, I have never occupied any office. I didn't go to the bush to seek an office. I didn't oppose the NRM to occupy an office. Actually I fought to vacate offices so that I can be free to struggle. I don't envision a struggle for an office as part of my pursuit.

I struggle so that we subordinate the guns. If we are going to struggle through an election, I don't have to be the candidate, but that doesn't mean I won't be there struggling. Whatever helps the struggle to move forward, I will support it. We don't just need change from Museveni, we want total subordination of the guns and at that stage when the transition has been made, I shall never seek an office.

Bobi Wine has declared he is running for president; does Dr Besigye envisage a day when he will be up on the podium telling people to vote for him?

I wouldn't want to speculate on what happens in the future regarding this struggle or after this struggle because it will end and we shall have a transition and there will be contestation for office.

In fact, that's when contestation should begin. I don't envision my role beyond the transition if our freedom has been achieved. For me, my work will have been done and I will hang my boots and retire. But I can't start speculating who the candidate will be and who I shall support. I will always be guided by the best interest of our country.


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{UAH} besigye denied food at Nalufenya

By Ingrid Turinawe

These NALUFENYA GOONS have denied President food, Visitors.
Since morning, up to now, every one who took him food has been denied access.
Every suspect has a right to eat. 
 
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{UAH} CORONA VIRUS COULD KILL AHALF MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UK

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has urged schools not to close because of coronavirus scares as more than 30 around the country have been caught up in panic and confusion after children returned home from ski trips to Italy.

Hundreds of cases of the virus have been diagnosed in people in northern Italy since Friday as dozens of school trips made their way home from half-term trips.    

Some headteachers have taken evasive action and shut down schools after staff and students came down with 'mild flu-like symptoms' after returning from the Alps.

Others have sent home the pupils and staff who went on the trips to Italy, where 11 towns are now in government lockdown. 

While many have decided to stay open, telling pupils they must come in unless they have clear symptoms of the killer virus – a move which has angered some parents.  

Public Health England is not advising schools to close and Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs today: 'If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare or an educational setting, no special measures are required while test results are awaited.

'There is no need to close the school or send other students or staff home. Once the results arrive, those who test negative will be advised individually about returning to education.

'In most cases, closure of the childcare or education setting will be unnecessary, but this will be a local decision based on various factors including professional advice.

'Our goal here is to try to keep schools open wherever we can so long as that protects the public. In fact, our wider goal is to have the minimum disruption, social and economic and indeed to the NHS subject to keeping the public safe.' 

However, England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has admitted that closures are a future possibility if the coronavirus takes hold in the UK.

Some schools also reported that they closed immediately for a deep clean following Department of Health and PHE advice.  

Contradictory messages from the government have led to widespread confusion and caused individual headteachers to take matters into their own hands.

At least 13 schools have closed and 20 have sent pupils and staff home for health and safety reasons after pupils went on trips to the Alps

At least 13 schools have closed and 20 have sent pupils and staff home for health and safety reasons after pupils went on trips to the Alps

Cransley School, a private school in Northwich, Cheshire (pictured) announced it will be closed for the rest of the week because of coronavirus fears. It will also undergo a deep clean, in a precautionary move to prevent any cases

Cransley School, a private school in Northwich, Cheshire (pictured) announced it will be closed for the rest of the week because of coronavirus fears. It will also undergo a deep clean, in a precautionary move to prevent any cases

Italy saw a devastating surge in coronavirus cases over the weekend, with confirmed infections rocketing from just six on Friday to more than 322  today, and 11 people have died

Italy saw a devastating surge in coronavirus cases over the weekend, with confirmed infections rocketing from just six on Friday to more than 322  today, and 11 people have died

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Closing schools would force millions of parents to stay at home, including essential health workers such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists. 

Professor Whitty said: 'There's no secret there's a variety of things you need to look at, you look at things like school closures, you look at things like reducing transport.'

It is not clear, however, how effective closing schools would be at stopping the virus.

Children seem to be relatively unaffected by COVID-19 in China, where the outbreak is worst, and this week a 17-day-old baby became the youngest patient to fully recover from the illness – without medication.

Professor Azra Ghani, from Imperial College London, said: 'One critical piece of information that would inform a more general decision around school closure is the extent to which children contribute to onward transmission.'

He said closing schools is known to slow down the flu because it's an illness which affects children particularly badly and is spread more easily among them.

He added: 'We know that there are relatively few cases of COVID-19 disease in children and teenagers compared to adults. 

'This could mean that children remain susceptible but are less likely to develop severe symptoms and hence attend hospital; alternatively, it could indicate that children are less susceptible to infection...

'Any decision to [close schools] would need to take into account the duration that this could be sustained and the subsequent impact both on other aspects of young people's well-being and the wider economy.'    

One primary school in Essex is closed as a precaution today because a teacher was in Italy over half term – even though they are not ill.    

WHERE ARE THE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN GRIPPED BY CORONAVIRUS FEARS AFTER SKI TRIPS TO NORTHERN ITALY? 

Closed

  1. Lutton St Nicholas primary school in Lincolnshire
  2. Gedney Church End primary school
  3. St Christopher's C of E High School in Accrington 
  4. Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough 
  5. Cransley School in Northwich, Cheshire
  6. The Brine Leas Academy sixth form in Cheshire 
  7. William Martin Junior and Infant School in Essex
  8. Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst, Birmingham 
  9. The ContinU Plus Academy in Kidderminster 
  10. Lime Academy Watergall in Bretton, Peterborough
  11. Shepeau Stow Primary School, in Spalding 
  12. St Peter's Church of England Middle School, Old Windsor 
  13. Archbishop Temple School, Preston 
  14. Burford School, Oxfordshire 

Pupils sent home 

  1. Salendine Nook High School, Huddersfield
  2. Newquay Tretherras
  3. The Holt School, Wokingham
  4. Cambridge House Grammar School, County Antrim
  5. Penair School, Truro
  6. Torquay Boys' Grammar School
  7. Haverfordwest High School, Pembrokeshire
  8. Hall Cross Academy, Doncaster
  9. Sandbach High School, Cheshire
  10. The Crispin School, Somerset
  11. Cleeve Park School, London (Sidcup)
  12. Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in West Derby
  13. Woodrush High School in Wythall, Birmingham
  14. Guernsey Grammar School
  15. Sydney Russel School in Dagenham
  16. Ysgol Friars School in Bangor, Wales
  17. Banbridge Academy in Northern Ireland
  18. Limavady Grammar School in Northern Ireland 
  19. Ely College in Cambridgeshire
  20. LVS Ascot 
  21. Ashcroft Technology Academy, Putney 

Eleven schools were shut today and three more closed yesterday taking the total to 14 – and at least 21 more have been sending students and teachers into self-isolation if they came down with flu-like symptoms or chesty coughs. 

But a school in Swansea is ignoring pleas from parents to shut down after a class returned from a ski trip to Italy with pupils told that they still have to come in unless they have the flu.

Secondary school Cleeve Park, in Sidcup, south-east London also remained open today despite some of its pupils and staff reporting 'feeling unwell' after returning from a school ski trip to Bormio, in northern Italy on Saturday.

The school has announced today that it has advised an unspecified number of pupils and staff to isolate themselves at home, but allowed others from the trip attend.

It said it decided not to close after following advice from Public Health England that the school should remain open and all students should attend if they are well. 

However, some parents are against the headmaster's decision.

One father has chosen to keep his son at home until results come back negative. 

Headteachers have the final say on when schools close for health and safety reasons such as illnesses or bad weather. 

The latest to shut their doors are Lime Academy Watergall in Bretton, Peterborough and Shepeau Stow Primary in Spalding. 

Lutton St Nicholas and Gedney Church End primary schools in Lincolnshire also closed 'because of a potential connection to the Coronavirus by an individual within the school'. 

St Christopher's C of E High School in Accrington told parents it had to shut. 

A member of staff at William Martin Junior and Infant School came back from a half-term holiday in Italy so is shut as a precaution today. 

Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough and Cransley School in Northwich, Cheshire, shut completely on Tuesday so they can be deep cleaned. The Brine Leas Academy, also in Cheshire, shut its sixth form yesterday. 

St Peter's Church of England Middle School in Windsor closed today for a 'precautionary clean' after a pupil returned home from a trip to Italy during half-term.

Archbishop Temple School in Preston closed and said in a notice on its website that it had an 'unavoidable closure' because a ski trip had recently returned from Pila, Italy. 

Burford School in Oxfordshire has been closed until Monday for a 'deep clean', the Oxford Mail reports, after a pupil had become unwell after travelling to Italy in half term.

And pupils and staff at 18 schools in Cornwall, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Berkshire, Pembrokeshire, Liverpool, London, Birmingham and Northern Ireland were sent home to quarantine themselves. 

Professor Paul Cosford, medical director for Public Health England, today admitted the Government does not know how many Brits have come back from skiing trips to the north of Italy but said it was a 'significant number'.

Worldwide, more than 80,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 2,700 have died

Official advice was changed on Tuesday to say that people should self-isolate at home if they have travelled home from one of 11 quarantined towns in the Lombardy and Veneto regions, or if they feel ill after visiting north of Pisa.

But health bosses triggered confusion yesterday about whether it was safe to travel in future. When asked if he would go to northern Italy, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 'I'm not planning on going, put it that way' in an interview.

However, PHE's Professor Cosford, said it would be 'unreasonable' to advise people not to travel to Italy, and the Foreign Office does not warn against any other parts of the country.

Mixed messages: How advice from Public Health England and government's chief medical officer differ 

What Public Health England says:  

'Our general advice is not to close schools.

'What we are clear about is if you have been in the area of northern Italy of concern and you have symptoms - it is a cough, shortness of breath or fever - then you do need to self-isolate, you need to phone NHS 111 and await advice for further assessment or testing' 

What Health Secretary Matt Hancock says:  

'If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare or an educational setting, no special measures are required while test results are awaited.

'There is no need to close the school or send other students or staff home. Once the results arrive, those who test negative will be advised individually about returning to education.

'In most cases, closure of the childcare or education setting will be unnecessary, but this will be a local decision based on various factors including professional advice.'

What England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty says:

'There's no secret there's a variety of things you need to look at, you look at things like school closures, you look at things like reducing transport.' 

What schools say:

Lime Academy Watergall in Bretton, Peterborough, has closed the school to give it a deep clean as they have a family who has recently returned from Northern Italy. 

A statement on the school's website says: 'We have taken advice from Public Health England as we have had a family who have recently returned from Northern Italy.

'Although they are currently showing no symptoms we have been advised to closed with immediate effect in order for us to undergo a deep clean.'

It comes after a 'worst case' Government report predicted 80 per cent of Britons could catch the virus and 500,000 may die. 

Italy is struggling to contain the spread of coronavirus with 11 dead and 322 confirmed sick - and dozens of UK schools have returned from the country's Alpine ski resorts in the past week.  

Authorities in Italy reported on Tuesday night that the number of people infected in the country grew to 322, or 45 per cent in 24 hours, and deaths of patients with the virus rose to 11.

Austria, Croatia and Switzerland reported their first cases, while Spain and France recorded new ones, also involving people who had been to northern Italy.

The first positive test in South America has been recorded after 61-year-old Brazilian man who had recently been to northern Italy tested positive, it has been reported.

Meanwhile, Public Health England announced that flu patients will now be assessed for coronavirus to see if it is spreading - even if they have not visited a hotspot country.

But it has confirmed it is not advising that schools shut in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus - unless they have been to one of the specific towns that are identified by the Italian government.

The organisation's medical director Paul Cosford told Radio 4's Today programme: 'Schools have to take difficult decisions given the complexity of issues that they are facing.

'What I would say is that our general advice is not to close schools.

'What we are clear about is if you have been in the area of northern Italy of concern and you have symptoms - it is a cough, shortness of breath or fever - then you do need to self-isolate, you need to phone NHS 111 and await advice for further assessment or testing.

'Of course if you've been to one of the specific towns that are identified by the Italian government and essentially closed down, then our advice and requirement is to self-isolate anyway.'

He said Public Health England was available to talk to schools about their 'specific circumstances' and 'help them make the right decisions for them'.

Mr Hancock said official advice has been changed to say people who have been to anywhere in Italy north of Pisa should self-isolate if they develop flu-like symptoms on their return to the UK.

Virus could kill 500,000 Britons in 'worst-case' scenario, say officials 

Half a million Britons could be killed by coronavirus in a 'reasonable worst-case' scenario, according to a government memo.

The official paper claimed four in five could become infected by the virus.

The document from the National Security Communications Team also warns: 'The current planning assumption is that 2-3 per cent of symptomatic cases will result in a fatality.'

Health sources suggest that would cost 500,000 lives, according to The Sun. A government spokesman said they did not expect this to happen but every eventuality had to be planned for.

Britons could be told to isolate themselves if a family member falls sick during a coronavirus pandemic. 

Schools may also be shut, transport networks suspended and football matches and other public gatherings postponed, according to possibilities being considered by Department of Health officials. Their coronavirus pandemic plan will be rolled out if the number of British cases escalates suddenly.

They are weighing up the effect of each action to contain the disease against the impact on society and the economy. For example, closing schools would force millions of parents to stay at home, including essential health workers such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Other measures could include advising members of the public to keep a safe distance from each other and avoid kissing or hugging.  

On Tuesday, Cransley School in Northwich, Cheshire, and Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough announced they would be closed for the rest of the week.

Both schools said that this was to allow for a 'deep clean' after pupils and teachers had returned from ski trips in northern Italy.

Trinity Catholic College said that a 'small number of staff and pupils' had started showing mild flu-like symptoms following a ski trip.   

Meanwhile, Sandbach High School in Cheshire said students and staff who visited Aprica, in Italy's Lombardy region, were to stay indoors and self-isolate.

A third Cheshire school, Brine Leas School in Nantwich, said its sixth form was closed due to staff shortages following Government advice regarding travel to Italy.

Students from Penair School in Truro, Cornwall, Salendine Nook High School in Huddersfield, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in West Derby and Newquay Tretherras in Newquay, have also been advised to stay home after returning from ski trips.

Britons who have been in locked-down regions of Italy - including Lombardy and Veneto - were told they should self-isolate at home for 14 days even if they have no symptoms.

The Foreign Office later updated its travel advice, with a spokesman saying: 'We advise against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in Lombardy and one in Veneto, which are currently in isolation due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.

'Any British nationals already in these towns should follow the advice of the local authorities.'

Three pupils at Torquay Boys' Grammar School in Devon have tested negative for the virus after being sent home feeling ill after a school trip to Italy
Cambridge House Grammar School in County Antrim said it had taken advice from public health chiefs to send around 50 pupils and staff home

Three pupils at Torquay Boys' Grammar School in Devon (left) tested negative for the virus after being sent home feeling ill after a school trip to Italy, and Cambridge House Grammar School (right) in County Atrim, Northern Ireland, sent home around 50 staff and pupils

Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough has closed for the week after pupils returned from a skiing trip to northern Italy. Initially it had sent 36 pupils home but has now closed completely for a deep clean

Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough has closed for the week after pupils returned from a skiing trip to northern Italy. Initially it had sent 36 pupils home but has now closed completely for a deep clean


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