Hundreds of pupils are self-isolating after positive Covid-19 cases were confirmed in relation to eight schools in Liverpool.
As many as 200 pupils and 21 members of staff are believed to be isolating in the North West city.
According to the Liverpool Echo, five primary schools and three secondary schools are affected.
Only five of the schools have sent pupils home.
The other three saw either students or teacher testing positive for coronavirus before schools reopened.
Therefore it means, that it has not affected the wider student and teacher body.
The five city schools where bubbles of pupils have been sent home to self-isolate are as follows:
Sudley Juniors School
West Derby High School
Hunts Cross Primary School
Our Lady of Immaculate Primary School
The Liverpool Echo understands around 30 pupils at Sudley Primary will now be self-isolating and a similar number at Our Lady Immaculate and Hunts Cross Primary will be asked to do the same.
It is estimated that as many as 200 pupils in total in the city will be forced to isolate for the next two weeks as the city looks to avoid its spiking case numbers from rising any further.
Parents and pupils affected are being informed by the individual schools affected.
Liverpool’s infection rate has spiralled in recent days.
In the most recent seven-day period of data (August 29 to September 4) the city registered a worrying 133 new cases of the virus.
This sudden rise was powered by a spike of 80 new confirmed cases in just three days between September 2 and 4 – which will be a major concern to health chiefs in the city.
According to Public Health England, there were 31 cases confirmed on September 2, 30 on September 3 and 19 on September 4.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Sadly this is likely to be our new normal now and this will be the situation in other cities and towns.
“What it does show is that the systems and processes we have put in place are working as they are informing us about cases quickly and decisions are then being taken – but its hugely disruptive to those affected.
“This is much more than an education issue, we need communities to be protecting each other by doing the right things, following the guidance and stopping the virus spreading more – this is vital now.”