A PRIMARY school has had to close for two weeks after seven members of staff and a 'number of pupils' tested positive for Covid-19, the local authority has confirmed.

North Fawdon Primary School in Newcastle told parents and guardians that it would close from Tuesday, September 22 for 14 days.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Newcastle City Council confirmed Public Health England following the multiple positive tests.

The local authroity said: “Public Health and Education officers have been in close contact with North Fawdon Primary School since being made aware of a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the school.

“In order to protect the health and safety of all pupils and staff it has been decided to close North Fawdon Primary School from Tuesday September 22 until October 5 and minimise the risk of further transmissions of the virus.

“So far, seven members of staff and a number of pupils have tested positive for the virus and are now self-isolating in line with Public Health guidance.

“These measures relate to North Fawdon Primary School only and all other schools in Newcastle remain open.

“We have worked closely with all schools throughout the pandemic and will continue to support all educational settings in the city.

“There is no need for individuals who have not already been identified as contacts to self-isolate, but anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and seek a test.”