In the past week more schools in Essex have close or partially closed due to coronavirus.

In some cases the whole school has closed, whereas others have sent home the affected individual and 'bubble'.

A 'bubble' can consist of a whole year group, mixed years or a combination of children in a special group, which has been determined by the senior management team.

Two more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at a school after other cases saw a partial closure.

Mayflower High School in Billericay now has a second teacher and a Year Eight pupil who also have the virus.

It comes after it was announced pupils in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 from the school in Stock Road, Billericay, will be studying from home until the end of this half term on Friday October 23 after a member within the school community, reported to be a teacher, tested positive for the virus.

Greensted School in Basildon has shut after three staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.

Ian Hampshire, Head of School at Greensted Junior School says the school has been deeply cleaned after the cases.

In Stanford-le-Hope at St Clere's pupils are being told to home school after a spike in coronaviruscases has seen teaching staff shortages.

The Year Nine students are being asked to remain at home for the rest of this week and take their lessons online because of a shortage of staff at the school which is Covid-19 related.