A second school in Wandsworth has sent a group of students home amid coronavirus concerns.

On Wednesday the Wandsworth Times reported that 26 people - four teachers and 22 students - from Ashcroft Technology Academy were sent home from school and put into self-isolation following a trip to northern Italy.

Now it has been revealed that four students at Thomas's Battersea were sent home as a precautionary measure, again following a trip to northern Italy.

A spokesman for Thomas's Battersea said: "Like all schools we are taking the potential risks connected with the spread of Covid-19 very seriously and to this end are following government guidance to the letter around both prevention against infection and in dealing with cases where any staff or pupils are suspected of being exposed to the virus or who display any symptoms.

"We currently have a very small number of pupils who have been tested and these individuals are currently, as per government advice, remaining at home pending the receipt of their test results.

"All parents have been informed and we have maintained regular communication with our school community to ensure that advice is shared and important information is circulated.

"We will of course preserve staff and pupil confidentiality and will not be commenting on specific cases."

The primary school, in Battersea High Street, has gained national media attention in recent years after Prince George and Princess Charlotte were enrolled.

Authorities in Italy reported on Tuesday night that the number of people infected in the country grew to 322, or by 45% in 24 hours, and deaths of patients with the virus rose to 11.

Britons who have been in lockdown regions of Italy - including Lombardy and Veneto - were told they should self-isolate at home for 14 days even if they have no symptoms.

Public Health England has confirmed it is not advising schools to shut in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The organisation's medical director Paul Cosford told Radio 4's Today programme: "Schools have to take difficult decisions given the complexity of issues that they are facing.

"What I would say is that our general advice is not to close schools."