Bingo players at British Legion self-isolate as one has coronavirus

All 25 bingo players at a British Legion club are forced to self-isolate after one catches coronavirus from family member at centre of Surrey outbreak

  • 25 bingo-playing members of a British Legion club in Surrey are self-isolating
  • PHE ordered the 25 people who attended last Tuesday’s draw to remain at home 
  • One of the players caught the potentially deadly virus from a relative 
  • A husband and wife have been confirmed as having the Covid-19 infection
  • Their son, who attends St Edmund’s in Hindhead, Surrey, is in self isolation
  • He has not yet tested positive for the virus, the 470 pupil school remains open 

All bingo-playing members of a British Legion club have been ordered to self-isolate after one caught coronavirus from a family member at the centre of the Surrey outbreak.

Public Health England ordered the 25 people from the Hindhead branch who attended last Tuesday night’s draw to remain at home and watch out for any symptoms.

Officials alerted the club-goers this Monday after it emerged that one of the players had become infected by a close relative.

The infected person is one of four people who have been struck down with coronavirus in the Surrey outbreak.

MailOnline revealed earlier this week that two of those affected are a husband and wife whose son attends a £5,000 a term prep school in Surrey.

All bingo-playing members of a British Legion club in Surrey have been ordered to self-isolate after one caught coronavirus from a family member at the centre of the Surrey outbreak

Public Health England ordered the 25 people from the Hindhead branch who attended last Tuesday night’s draw to remain at home and watch out for any symptoms

The prep school, St Edmund’s in Hindhead, Surrey, (pictured) confirmed that the parents of one of their pupils had the virus

It is not yet known how the bingo player is related to the couple. 

Confirmation of the couple’s Covid-19 infection led to other parents at the school being placed in self isolation after they came into contact with them.

Their son has also been placed in self isolation – but has not yet tested positive for the fast spreading virus.

The link between the infected couple and the bingo night was discovered after the British Legion announced that they had shut their Hindhead branch on Monday for a deep clean.

It is due to reopen this afternoon. 

A member told MailOnline: ‘Everyone who was at the bingo on Tuesday night has been told to self-isolate.

‘One person who was there has tested positive to coronavirus.

‘So everyone who was at the bingo draw with them that night has been told to go home and stay there for 14 days.

‘Public Health England have refused to give out the name but we know that they are a member.’

 The town of Hindhead is three miles from Haslemere where a local pub The Prince of Wales has been closed since the weekend

The Royal British Legion said there was no cause for further concern.

A spokesman said: ‘Unfortunately a customer who visited us last Tuesday evening has been tested positive for coronavirus.

‘Under PHE guidance we are undergoing a deep clean and will remain closed today.

‘Please do not be alarmed, this only affects people who had direct contact with the customer on Tuesday evening.’

The husband and wife – and their two relatives – who have caught coronavirus have caused particular concern because they have not travelled abroad. 

Health officials in the Surrey area have been tracing anyone they came into contact with and instructing them to quarantine themselves.

One woman, known only as Lucy, met the wife last Thursday for an hour and a half and was contacted by PHE on Sunday and told to self-isolate.

She has cut herself off from her husband and children and is living in one room in the family home with meals delivered to her door. 

Other parents at the unnamed infected couple’s son’s prep school, St Edmund’s in Hindhead, Surrey, have gone into self isolation after having contact with the pair

The couple, who have not been named, were at the epicentre of the first outbreak of the virus in the affluent market town of Haslemere over the weekend

 Speaking to BBC Surrey she said: ‘Every time you hand back a plate, even though they are wearing gloves and everything is going straight into the dishwasher, you feel guilty, you’re handing them death. That’s what you feel at the beginning.

‘You’re thinking I could be giving you back the virus. You think you are in here being useless, useless to society – it’s an awful feeling.’

Lucy, who is also a mother, said a pregnant woman and a woman who is breast-feeding had also been in the same meeting with the infected woman. 

The couple’s son’s prep school, St Edmund’s in Hindhead, Surrey, confirmed that the parents of one of their pupils had the virus.

Headmaster Adam Walker said other parents who had come into contact with the pair were now self isolating and waiting to see if they test positive.

He said the couple’s son was ‘well and self isolating’ as a precautionary measure and no other pupil or teacher had the virus.

The school remains open on the advice of Public Health England, but was undergoing deep cleaning.

Mr Walker said: ‘Whilst there is uncertainty about the Coronavirus, the evidence is that it appears to pose a very low risk to children. 

Stocks of hand sanitizer quickly sold out at the two pharmacists in the high street while many locals were angry that they were not told who was carrying the virus

The town’s health centre and a pub were shut after fears a so called ‘super spreader’ had visited both. Shops remained open while streets were almost deserted

The government’s battle plan has been divided into four stages – ‘Contain’, ‘delay’, ‘research’ and ‘mitigate’

‘We have a super team in our School Surgery and our excellent teaching and pastoral staff have been working hard to ensure that it is business as usual at school for the children.’

News of the outbreak has had a knock on effect in the affluent market town of Haslemere. 

The town’s health centre and a pub were shut for a deep clean after fears a so called ‘super spreader’ had visited both.

Stocks of hand sanitizer quickly sold out at the two pharmacists in the high street while many locals were angry that they were not told who was carrying the virus.

Trade at local shops plunged by more than half after the town became the focus of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

The town of Hindhead is three miles from Haslemere where a local pub The Prince of Wales has been closed since the weekend after being visited by one of those with the virus.  

Earlier this week a bingo hall in Great Yarmouth said it would not allow people into the club if they had a temperature above 37.4 degrees. 

 

 

 

 

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