Nearly 1,000 students test positive in one week at Durham University

Almost 1,000 people at Durham University have tested positive for coronavirus in a week.

The Uni said 958 students and six staff were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the seven days up to Wednesday, October 14.

In a statement, a spokesman explained: ‘Over the last seven days, the number of reported positive coronavirus cases in students and staff has been steady, with approximately 100-150 new reported cases each day.

‘We are proactively and regularly monitoring and managing the situation with local and national public health experts and taking appropriate action where required.’

It comes after 222 students and members of staff tested positive for the virus the previous week.

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It brings the total number of cases to 1,220 since the start of term, with 11 cases among staff and 1,209 among students.

It comes as 800 students living at two colleges were told to quarantine following a spike in cases.

The spokesman said the University was ‘proactively’ managing ‘two significant outbreaks’ at the colleges, St Mary’s and Collingwood.

He continued: ‘Working with Durham County Council’s Public Health Team, these measures were put in place on Thursday (8 October) to limit movement of students within these colleges to further restrict the spread of coronavirus.

‘The new measures are in addition to the current Government restrictions.

‘We continue to communicate regularly with our staff and students, to promote expected behaviours and to reinforce key information on the Government restrictions and additional guidance in place on university campus in the interests of everybody’s health, safety and wellbeing.

‘Our teaching and wider student experience activity continues both online and face-to-face, in Covid-secure setting.’

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