A CHILD in the Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) nursery has tested positive for coronavirus.

A BCoT spokesperson told The Gazette that a child in the college nursery had tested positive for coronavirus this week.

It is now the third confirmed case the college has seen since it reopened in September.

The Principal Anthony Bravo said: “We are pleased to report that the child is recovering well. “We have once again acted quickly to inform those directly affected at the nursery, but I would personally like to reassure our college community that the child affected was never in any of the main college buildings.”

The college has said they continue to follow their protocol based on advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education, and have “supported” the nursery to communicate with all of those affected.

Anthony Bravo added: “We continue to do all we can to keep our community safe by ensuring that we regularly communicate with all learners and staff about the importance of observing government guidance, including social distancing and wearing a mask while on campus.”

The college confirmed that all children and staff in the nursery who had been in close contact were required to self-isolate. 

They added: “BCoT has not identified any contacts in the college other than those within the nursery.”

Other rooms in the nursery not impacted by the case “will continue to operate as normal”.

The first positive COVID-19 case within the college community was reported at the end of September.

Earlier this month the college also confirmed that a student on an adult evening course had contracted the virus.

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