Three of Salford’s primary schools have closed after a parent has been confirmed to have contracted coronavirus.

Lewis Street Primary School in Eccles closed at lunchtime today following reports of a parent contracting the virus, becoming the first case in Salford.

The two other schools, Christ Church in Eccles and Lark Hill in Salford, will also be closing.

All three buildings will be given a deep clean over the weekend to avoid contamination.

Executive head teacher, Wendy McCormack, said in a letter to parents: “We have been notified today that a parent at Lewis Street Primary School has been confirmed as having the Coronavirus. As a precautionary measure, I have taken the decision to close all three schools: Lewis Street; Christ Church and Lark Hill.

“This is because staff work across the three schools. The schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday 13th March 2020 in order for a deep clean to take place.”

She added that parents will be contacted to advise when the schools will reopen.

“We are aware of the impact of news of this nature and it is not our intention to cause undue alarm. This is our independent decision as part of our duty of care to our pupils and staff.”

“Our priorities are always the well being of our pupils and staff,” said Ms McCormack.

Salford mayor Paul Dennett said: “I can confirm that the executive head teacher of Lewis Street Primary School has closed the school for a deep clean and will review the situation after that has taken place.

“I want to reassure everyone that the council has well-established and well-tested plans to respond to any emergency including outbreaks of illness such as Covid-19.”

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