A STUDENT at a Basingstoke college has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Principal of Queen Mary's College has confirmed that a "small number" of other people who had been in "direct and prolonged contact" with the person are currently self-isolating.

Ali Foss says that it "appears to be an isolated case", and wished the young person a speedy recovery.

QMC is the latest educational place to confirm a Covid case in the area, with Robert May's School in Odiham and Preston Candover Primary School doing so recently.

Additionally, a staff member at Basingstoke College of Technology also came down with the virus last month.

Ms Foss told the Gazette that the student tested positive for the virus yesterday (Monday), but had not attended college since Thursday whilst they awaited results.

"The small number of individuals who were in direct and prolonged contact with the confirmed case have been contacted, along with their parents, and will be staying at home for 14 days self-isolating," she said.

"We are stringently following all Government guidelines and are working closely with the relevant Public Health Teams.

"This appears to be an isolated case, and we wish the young person a speedy recovery."