A SCHOOL has been forced to shut due to a suspected case of coronavirus.

Pupils at Powers Hall Academy, in Spa Road, Witham, have been forced to return home today (Monday, September 28) because of the scare.

A spokesman for the school said: "The school is closed today. Nothing has been confirmed and this is a precaution at this stage.

"We will update everyone when we get more information."

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Update 12.45pm

The school has confirmed a member of staff has tested positive for coronavirus.

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