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More than 1,770 students across two universities in Newcastle test positive

by LLB staff reporter
8th Oct 20 2:44 pm

Newcastle University has reported that more than 1,000 students and staff have tested positive for coronavirus.

Newcastle University said a further 12 staff members from its 6,500 employees have tested positive, and 1,003 students out of 28,000 at the campus were also infected between 1 to 7 October.

A spokesperson for the university said, “This data represents students and staff within Newcastle city with the overwhelming majority of cases from social and residential settings.

“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.

“We are reminding our students and staff that we can help keep each other keep safe by following the guidelines and to remember the hand, face and space message.”

More than 50 universities are now experiencing outbreaks and coronavirus infections are currently the highest amongst 17 to 24-year olds.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce new restrictions within the hospitality sector which could see pubs and restaurants ordered to close.

It is expected that large swathes of North England where infections are surging will see measures tighten by the weekend.

According to the Financial Times, the areas will include Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Nottingham.

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