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Coronavirus: Impington International College closes for two weeks after sixth-formers test positive for Covid-19

Impington International College has been closed for two weeks after two members of the sixth-form tested positive for Covid-19.

Lessons are being provided virtually to students working from home.

However, Impington Village College remains open.

Two Covid-19 cases have been recorded at the college.
Two Covid-19 cases have been recorded at the college.

The cases come amid a spike in confirmed coronavirus infections across Cambridgeshire.

A spokesperson for Impington International College said: “Impington International College can confirm that two members of its sixth form cohort have tested positive for Covid-19. Both students are currently self-isolating with appropriate medical support, as per government guidance.

“In order to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of students at Impington International College and eliminate any further risk of the virus spreading, senior leaders have made the decision to close on-site provision for two weeks and to provide live lessons for students to access from home during this period.

“These will be of the same excellent standard that students would expect from Impington International College and attendance will be very closely monitored. This is also in line with many other local providers, who have been effectively utilising online learning this term.

“Parents, students and staff have been informed and advised on the precautions to take. No further cases have been confirmed at this point.

“Impington International College has adhered to all government guidelines with regards to Covid-19, and would like to reassure all members of its learning community that the college believes there is no risk of cross contamination with students from the co-located main school, Impington Village College; the sixth form has its own designated social and eating areas and extensive cleaning procedures are in place between lessons to maximise the safety of our community.

“Impington International College will continue to monitor the situation carefully to ensure the safety of its community on campus. Impington Village College remains open as usual, as advised by Public Health England.

“In the interests of privacy for the individuals involved, no further information will be issued.”

The number of coronavirus infections in Cambridgeshire has spiked sharply

Government data on the number of cases across the country has been amended to take account of a technical error between September 25 and October 2.

Preliminary updated data shows there were 89 confirmed cases in Cambridgeshire in the week ending September 25 , rising to 236 in the week ending October 2.

There were 51 cases recorded across the county on September 30, more than on any day since May 11, although the testing capacity has increased since then.

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