According to an online tracker at Sheffield University’s website 474 students along with five staff have tested positive for coronavirus as of 28 September.
Student accommodation blocks are now in lockdown and all those who tested positive have been told to self-isolate.
A spokesperson for the university said, “We recognise how difficult it is for students who are new to Sheffield and need to self-isolate because of Covid-19 cases.
“To make sure we are supporting students in the best way possible, we will contact all students who are self-isolating to check on their welfare and offer practical and emotional support.”
This comes after Northumbria University announced last Friday that 770 students had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday afternoon.
Northumbria University spokesperson confirmed, “As of Friday 2 October, we can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for COVID-19, of whom 78 are symptomatic.
The scientists warned that coronavirus infections are currently the highest amongst 17 to 24-year olds and more than 45 universities are experiencing outbreaks.