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.”
Last Friday, Northumbria University announced that 770 students had tested positive for coronavirus, and students are now self-isolating for 14 -days and their flatmates have been told to get tested “as soon as possible.”
Scientific experts have warned that universities are “human petri dishes” for spreading coronavirus as students have travelled from all parts of the UK and are sharing accommodation.
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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