Zara and Mike Tindall say they will NOT self-isolate despite going on trip to coronavirus hot-spot

Zara Phillips and her husband will not self-isolate despite returning from virus-hit northern Italy last week.

The Queen’s granddaughter and partner Mike Tindall have reportedly opted not to quarantine themselves because they are not showing symptoms.

They have returned from a ski trip in Bormio, Lombardy – one of Italy’s worst-hit regions.

Mr Tindall – a former England rugby player – shared several photos of their trip last week.

Mike Tindall posted the above picture of him and Zara to Instagram after the couple enjoyed their holiday

Mike Tindall posted the above picture of him and Zara to Instagram after the couple enjoyed their holiday

Mike Tindall posted the above picture of him and Zara to Instagram after the couple enjoyed their holiday

Pictured above are the areas of Europe that have been hit by the outbreak, including Italy

Pictured above are the areas of Europe that have been hit by the outbreak, including Italy

Pictured above are the areas of Europe that have been hit by the outbreak, including Italy

He captioned the post: ‘Great trip to #bormio3000 watching the #englishskichampionships. Lots of laughs and good times!’

A spokesman for the couple said they were following official government advice and health guidelines, but as they do not currently have any symptoms they will not be going into self-isolation.

Their decision to not self-quarantine comes as the school fellow royals Prince George and Prince Charlotte attend has sent four pupils home and into self isolation.

Children at the school in southwest London had recently been on a trip to northern Italy.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George are pictured being collected from school by their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Princess Charlotte and Prince George are pictured being collected from school by their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Princess Charlotte and Prince George are pictured being collected from school by their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

A general view showing Thomas's Battersea school in London where Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend

A general view showing Thomas's Battersea school in London where Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend

A general view showing Thomas’s Battersea school in London where Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS?

The signs of COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus, are often mild and are very similar to a cold, flu or chest infection.

Typical symptoms of infection include a fever, a cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

These are common complaints at this time of year, so where someone has travelled or who they have come into contact with are important in determining whether they might have coronavirus.

The NHS considers people to be at risk if they have the symptoms above and have recently travelled to mainland China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, or the north of Italy (north of Pisa and Florence).

People who have, in the past two weeks, been to the Hubei province of China, Iran, the South Korean cities of Daegu or Cheongdo in South Korea, or one of 11 quarantined towns in northern Italy are considered to be at risk even if they feel well.

The 11 towns in Italy are Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo, San Fiorano and Vo’ Euganeo.

Those who have come into contact with others who have visited those places and then feel ill may also be at risk. 

People who fit any of the categories above should stay at home and self-isolate, away from other people, and phone NHS 111 for more advice. If you think you have the coronavirus do not go to a doctor’s surgery or hospital.

The virus can spread through coughing, sneezing, or by being close to someone for prolonged periods of time. 

To protect themselves, people should cough and sneeze into a tissue and throw it away, wash their hands and avoid contact with sick people. 

 Source: NHS

Two children returned from the trip after displaying flu-like symptoms and there is no suggestion that the royal children have been exposed to the virus.

The school’s website says that it runs a trip to Italy every two years. 

This evening, Spanish newspaper El Confidencial published a statement from the school.

‘Like all schools, we are taking very seriously the potential risks related to the spread of Covid-19 and to this end we are following the Government’s instructions to the letter on infection prevention and case management in which it is suspected that some staff member or students exposed to the virus or showing any symptoms. 

‘We currently have a very small number of students who have been evaluated and these individuals currently remain in their homes waiting to receive the results of their exams’.

It comes as at least 13 schools across the UK closed their doors over fears of the virus spreading.

A number of schools have told staff and pupils to stay at home after returning from ski trips to northern Italy, where several towns in the Lombardy and Veneto regions remain on lockdown. 

Sports fixtures have also come under threat with Ireland’s rugby match against Italy on Saturday being postponed today amid fears Italian fans could bring the virus to Dublin – but England’s Six Nations fixture in Rome on March 14 is still going ahead. 

England’s FA is holding urgent talks today about whether it is safe to host Italy’s football team for a Wembley friendly on March 27.

This is while several businesses today also sent staff home over fears that employees could be carrying the virus. 

In terms of sporting events Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin has been called off amid fears over the coronavirus.

The deadly epidemic has swept through northern parts of Italy, and in a bid to prevent the disease reaching their shores, the Irish government have taken the step to postpone the game on March 7.

Both the women’s Six Nations and Under 20s clashes have also been cancelled.

IRFU chief Philip Browne revealed they are working with the Six Nations in an attempt to find a date to reschedule the fixtures, but there are no details on when that may be.

In his statement, Browne said: ‘We had a very positive meeting with [Irish health minister] Mr [Simon] Harris and his advisors where we requested an instruction as to the staging of the Ireland.

England’s Six Nations match in Rome in a fortnight is still scheduled to go ahead. 

The FA will today hold urgent talks over the impact of the coronavirus on England’s Wembley friendly with Italy next month.

 

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