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Postive Covid-19 case detected at south Belfast primary school

 Cairnshill Primary School said that an "enhanced clean" of the affected area in the school will take place but the rest of the school will remain open for the other classes.

A primary school in south Belfast has sent a class bubble home to isolate for 14 days after a positive Covid-19 case.

Cairnshill Primary School said that an "enhanced clean" of the affected area in the school will take place but the rest of the school will remain open for the other classes. 

The postive test was amongst a "member of our school community," the school said. 

Principal Mrs Joanne Currie said:  "I do appreciate the concerns of parents, pupils and the wider school community and wish to reassure you that every precaution has been taken.

"Ensuring the safe return of pupils and staff to school is my absolute priority and I will continue to monitor this situation carefully and keep you informed."

Education Minister Peter Weir has said there "will be bumps along the road".

"I've indicated from the start, in relation to this, there will be bumps along the road, there will at time need to be interventions," Weir told Good Morning Ulster.

"There will be times when the PHA says an individual student needs to isolate, or a group of students, or indeed a school will need to.

"Nobody has tried to hide that or pretend otherwise, but the important thing is that we're getting our young people back into education."

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