Four more schools in Merseyside are affected by outbreaks of coronavirus.

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The news comes amid growing concern over the spread of coronavirus in Merseyside, with the rate of disease per 100,000 people in some areas well over 200.

Four more schools in Merseyside have reported positive cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of schools affected in the region to at least 70.

Some 70 schools have confirmed positive coronavirus cases since the start of the school year earlier this month.

According to the school’s website, students in Grades 10, 12 and 13 are expected to return home on Wednesday (September 30th), while students in Grade 8 are expected to stay home until Monday 5th October and students in Grade 11 are expected to isolate themselves until Friday 9th October.

A number of year groups at the Holly Lodge Girls’ School in West Derby are currently isolating themselves.

Mayor Joe Anderson said another 1,254 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in the city this week, indicating a further acceleration in the spread of the virus, after Public Health Director Matt Ashton said yesterday that cases double every seven to eight days.

Alsop twittered on Friday: “I am so impressed with the commitment of Volume 8, who is now working from home. The live class starts on Monday. We may be self-isolating, but we keep learning. #Committed #Committed #Committed”

Two-year groups at Alsop High School in Walton are also self-isolating.

Letters to parents, which were viewed by ECHO, advised eighth grade students to stay home until October 5 and twelfth grade students to isolate themselves until October 9.

Formby High has also confirmed a positive case of coronavirus within the senior class.

The parents received a letter on Tuesday confirming a positive test result.

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A second letter was sent on Thursday, reading part of it: “We have another suspected case of Covid-19 in Year 13.

“As a precautionary measure, and on the advice of the DfE coronavirus helpline, we determined the close contacts of the student for up to 48 hours before the onset of symptoms and asked those affected to return home and isolate themselves.

Letters were sent to the parents of all students who were “in direct and prolonged contact with the confirmed cases” on Tuesday and Thursday of last week, advising them to isolate themselves for two weeks.

The government’s council says that anyone in a school who develops coronavirus symptoms must be sent home and be kept in self-isolation for at least 10 days.

Two “bubbles” at Forefield Junior School in Crosby are also affected by Covid 19 cases.

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