Government data reports that the UK has 14,542 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a surge of almost 2,000 compared to Monday which recorded 12,594.
With 28 days of a coronavirus testing positive, there has been a further 76 deaths.
As of 9.30 on Tuesday morning Downing Street confirmed that 63% of those who tested positive had been contacted by the test and trace system.
During the first two weeks of term has forced 388 students and staff to self-isolate after more than 160 students tested positive for coronavirus.
A spokesperson for the Queen’s University in Belfast said that coronavirus spread through “social or accommodation settings as oppose to elsewhere on the campus.”
Four areas across England are facing localised lockdown “within days” as the missing test and trace data had hidden thousands of infections.
Due to a technical glitch in the test and trace data the cities with universities which include Oxford, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds are seeing soaring infection rates.
Scientific experts warned last week, that universities are “human petri dishes” for spreading coronavirus as students have travelled from all parts of the UK and are sharing accommodation.