More than 1,000 Newcastle University students test positive for Covid-19Jayann Arbiol
More than 1,000 Newcastle University students test positive for Covid-19.
A student is seen at the window in a halls of residence for students in Newcastle-upon-Tyne CREDIT: LINDSEY PARNABY / AFP
University students test positive
More than 1,000 students at Newcastle University have tested positive for coronavirus in the past six days, the institution has said.
It comes on top of the 770 positive tests among students at neighbouring Northumbria University, which was announced on Friday.
Newcastle University said 1,003 of its 28,000 students had tested positive for Covid-19 between October 1-7.
A further 12 staff members from its 6,500 employees have had a positive result in the same period.
A spokeswoman said “the overwhelming majority of cases” were from “social and residential settings”.
She added: “We expected to see cases rise in light of the increase in cases both locally and nationally and all HE institutions have to manage this on an ongoing basis.
“We feel confident that we have appropriate measures in place to protect us all while we are on campus and to reduce the potential for transmission in our community.”
The news follows concerns from health officials, who have warned of a “definite and sustained” rise in Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom after more than 17,540 new daily cases were recorded on Thursday, up by more than 3,000 from the 14,162 reported the day before.
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