Saturday 26 September 2020 8:20 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Sept 26: Students from both universities and schools in the UK are being tested positive with thousands of students being asked to self isolate, newspaper reports said.
According to the Financial Times, the University of Liverpool, which has set up a dedicated testing centre for upwards of 70,000 staff and students at the three universities in the city, said a total of 87 cases had been confirmed as of Monday. However, health secretary Matt Hancock is refusing to rule out students not being allowed to return home at Christmas.
Daily Mail reports said that Manchester Metropolitan University students at two accommodation sites are among those who have been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days following a spike in Covid-19 cases. The immediate measures were introduced at the Birley campus and Cambridge Halls after 127 students tested positive.
Elsewhere, 600 students at Glasgow University were confined to their accommodation following outbreaks at the Murano Street and Cairncross residences following social activity at the start of Freshers Week, which took place between September 12 and 14.
Around 172 people have tested positive for the virus across the two halls, though the university warned the number of those infected is ‘likely to be higher’. Close to 3,000 undergraduates across Britain have been confined to their flats after coronavirus outbreaks on at least six campuses have thrust entire halls of residence into lockdown, the news report said.
Across the UK, at least 32 universities have confirmed cases, while one other has suspected cases, Sky News reported.
A Daily Mail report said around 2,900 students have been asked to self-isolate after coronavirus outbreaks at six campuses across the UK.
Manchester Metropolitan University – 1,700 in isolation
Glasgow University – 600 in isolation
Abertay and Dundee University – 500 in isolation
Aberdeen University – 72 in isolation
St Andrews University – 40 in isolation
University of Kent in Canterbury – 11 in isolation
Meanwhile, students at a school in Kent has been asked to go into isolation following two students being tested positive for Coronavirus.
In Plymouth too one student received a positive test result for COVID-19, which resulted in both Year 12 and Year 13 students being told to stay at home.
Some students in a school in Gillingham in Dorset are isolating after a Covid-19 case was confirmed at a school.
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