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Almost 3,000 students are banned


Nearly 3,000 students across the UK have been locked into their homes after coronavirus outbreaks locked entire dormitories in at least six locations.

Around 1,700 Manchester Metropolitan University students in two campuses are among those directed to self-isolate for 14 days following a surge in Covid-19 cases. The emergency measures were rolled out at Birley Campus and Cambridge Hall on Friday after 127 students tested positive.

Elsewhere, 600 Glasgow University students were confined to their accommodation following outbreaks in Murano Street and Cairncross apartment buildings due to social activities at the start of Freshers Week, which took place between September 12 and 14.

Around 172 people have tested positive for the virus in both halls, despite the university warning that the number of those infected "is likely to be higher".

Scotland has reported more than 1,200 students self-isolating due to the virus. 500 of them have been banned from Abertay and Dundee Universities due to a “low number” of Covid-19 cases related to Parker House, which provides private housing to students in both cases.

Another 72 people are self-isolating at Aberdeen University after the virus outbreak. 40 people have to stay in a dormitory in St. Andrews after a Freshers' Week party.

And in Kent, at least 11 students are now self-isolating after two students tested positive for the virus earlier in the semester on the University of Kent's Canterbury campus.

It comes from the fact that students caught in a spate of campus covid outbreaks have beaten universities to open halls to residents when coronavirus means they are studying from their rooms. Meanwhile, students from the University of Manchester were filmed throwing an illegal party in front of their college dorms.

Some have also asked for assurances from institutions that they will not be locked in their accommodation when they move in. They fear universities in England might follow suit in Scotland in banning students from going to pubs and restaurants upon arrival.

Bolton University Vice Chancellor George Holmes told Telegraph students that he had asked him if they would be trapped in their apartments. He said: We had students who contacted us and said that if we have to stay for Christmas, we don't want to come. Students are citizens of this country and can behave as anyone else can. & # 39;

Students on Friday night on Manchester Metropolitan University's Birley campus who were banned for 14 days after positive on-site Covid-19 tests

Manchester Metropolitan University students (pictured, Cambridge Halls) at two properties in the city have been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days after a surge in coronavirus cases

Manchester Metropolitan University students (pictured, Cambridge Halls) at two properties in the city have been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days after a surge in coronavirus cases

The emergency measures were implemented on the Birley campus (picture) and in the Cambridge Halls after 127 students tested positive

The emergency measures were implemented on the Birley campus (picture) and in the Cambridge Halls after 127 students tested positive

One clip shows a sea of ​​people dancing to music that appears to have come from a sound system

University of Manchester students were filmed outside the halls of Owens Park in Fallowfield, south Manchester this morning at 1am this morning throwing an illegal party

University of Glasgow student Lucy Owens tested positive for coronavirus just weeks after arriving in her halls in the now-locked Murano complex. She asked on the BBC's Good Morning Scotland program, “What are we paying for? I could do anything I do from my house. Why did you send us here?

University of Manchester students were filmed throwing an illegal party

University of Manchester students were filmed throwing an illegal party

“I know we're making the most of this place because we're stuck in it all day, but we're not really making the most of our studies. When two thousand students were put into such a narrow space, something like this had to happen. & # 39;

Meanwhile, footage taped at 1am this morning showed a large gathering outside the Owens Park halls in Fallowfield, south Manchester, with a clip entitled, "Covid wah?"

Another clip shows a sea of ​​people dancing to music that appears to come from a sound system.

There has been a surge in cases across the UK, including 558 more in Scotland, as students in Scotland faced the prospect of receiving red and yellow cards awarded for violating Covid rules.

The cards are meant to serve as a warning at first, but universities say they will not hesitate to take disciplinary action if necessary.

The move was welcomed by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said discipline is necessary for those students who "openly break the rules".

With at least 362 confirmed coronavirus cases in universities across the UK, Sage's Sir Mark Walport has warned that infected students could be prevented from returning home for Christmas.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program, "If students are infected towards the end of the semester, they may have to stay where they are."

Some students have said that catching coronavirus is "inevitable" after they return to university.

A student walks past a sign in Glasgow's Murano Street Student Village where university students are tested in a pop-up testing center

A student walks past a sign in Glasgow's Murano Street Student Village where university students are tested in a pop-up testing center

A statement from the University of Manchester said: "Details of abusive students will be recorded and some of them will now go through our disciplinary process." Pictured: Owens Park Halls in Fallowfield, South Manchester

A statement from the University of Manchester said: "Details of offensive students will be recorded and some of them will now go through our disciplinary process." Pictured: Owens Park Halls in Fallowfield, South Manchester

A sign reading "Help Us Get Beer" in the Murano Street Student Village in Glasgow, where Glasgow University students are being tested in a pop-up testing center today

A sign reading 'Help Us Get Beer' in the Murano Street Student Village in Glasgow, where Glasgow University students are being tested in a pop-up testing center today

An 18-year-old student who has now been in isolation for almost a month that coronavirus interception is "inevitable" after returning to university. The teenager lives in an eight-person apartment in the University of Glasgow's Murano Street Student Village, which houses 1,175 students

An 18-year-old student who has now been in isolation for almost a month that coronavirus interception is "inevitable" after returning to university. The teenager lives in an eight-person apartment in the University of Glasgow's Murano Street Student Village, which houses 1,175 students

A student who lives in the University of Glasgow's Murano Street Student Village, which can accommodate 1,175 students, said that with so many people focused in such a small area, it had to happen.

Almost 3,000 students self-isolate after Covid-19 outbreaks

Around 2,900 students have been asked to self-isolate in six locations across the UK following a coronavirus outbreak.

Manchester Metropolitan University – 1,700 isolated

Glasgow University – 600 isolated

Abertay and Dundee University – 500 isolated

Aberdeen University – 72 isolated

St. Andrews University – 40 isolated

University of Kent at Canterbury – 11 isolated

Universities in Glasgow and Edinburgh saw the highest number of cases from universities: 124 and 120 respectively. Despite warnings, a group of students from the University of Manchester threw an illegal party outside their student accommodation in the early hours of the morning.

Video footage showed a crowd of students dancing to music with a clip entitled, "Covid wah?" A statement from the University of Manchester responded to the incident: “We are aware of this party and our security services have worked with Greater Manchester Police to shut it down.

“This behavior is completely unacceptable and is strongly condemned by the university.

“We were clear and consistent with our messages about the behavior and behavior of students in halls and will work hard to identify those involved.

“Our students must adhere to social distancing rules and all other restrictions to protect themselves and others.

“If students fail to do so, the university will subject them to disciplinary action that could result in fines or expulsion, and we will not hesitate to involve the police if necessary.

Some students have already received firm criminal charges from the police.

Additional security guards were deployed in Fallowfield and further reminders were sent.

"Details of abusive students are recorded and some of them will now go through our disciplinary process."

Greater Manchester police said the officers were called at around 1:20 a.m. this morning and had confiscated musical equipment before dispersing attendees.

Around 600 students are isolating themselves at Glasgow University, which has set up its own mobile testing unit, while students are warned not to attend parties and pubs this weekend

Around 600 students are isolating themselves at Glasgow University, which has set up its own mobile testing unit, while students are warned not to attend parties and pubs this weekend

At least a dozen other universities in England and Wales have set up their own testing facilities to monitor possible outbreaks

At least a dozen other universities in England and Wales have set up their own testing facilities to monitor possible outbreaks

Student Safe Lead, Inspector Shoheb Chowdhury of the GMP City of Manchester Division said, “We know that the student experience this year is very different, especially for those starting new courses and usually enjoying freshmen week.

& # 39; We took a very moderate approach to the violations we encountered, being careful to consider the importance of following social distancing and current local lockdown guidelines.

Cardiff University Vice Chancellor warns students will be forced to stay in the halls over Christmas, putting their mental health at risk

Forcing students to remain "cooped up" in their halls over Christmas when coronavirus outbreaks occur is "impractical", according to a university vice chancellor. This could lead to mental health problems.

Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University, warned that the situation was "extremely difficult" to deal with and that it would cause "a great deal of stress".

His comments come after Sir Mark Walport, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), said that if students become infected at the end of the semester, students may need to stay at the university to prevent them from spreading the infection to other parts the US transfers land and other communities.

Prof. Riordan said: “I find it impractical to tell the students that they have to stay over Christmas if they don't want to. I don't know how we would get that through or where we would get the authority to do so, so it would have to be a matter for the Welsh government. & # 39;

Health Secretary Matt Hancock hasn't ruled out the prospect of asking students to stay on campus over Christmas amid coronavirus clusters in university halls.

Prof. Riordan added: “Personally, I very much hope that we do not get into this situation because it would be extremely difficult to deal with.

"It would be very stressful and you know that if you tell people to be locked in their dorm room over Christmas, you know that there could be mental health problems."

“However, we stand ready to issue notices of fixed sentences if necessary and in the seven days leading up to September 23rd, 29 FPNs have been issued to students across the Manchester City department.

& # 39; We continue to work positively with our partners across higher education to clarify the importance of complying with restrictions.

"We encourage all students to consider the potential negative impact on their education – not to mention their health and that of their loved ones – before attending any gathering that violates the law."

The University of Manchester has also warned that students could be subject to curfew after a "significant" number of coronavirus violations.

The bosses said there was now active consideration of the introduction of a curfew in the halls or other restrictive measures.

Earlier this week in Fallowfield police fined four students for organizing an "after-the-pub party".

Each student received a fixed £ 100 fine from officials for failing to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

And in the Birley Halls, a student residence at Manchester Metropolitan University, residents claim that around 100 people partied until the wee hours of the morning last Monday and Tuesday evening.

A GMP sergeant tweeted last week: “Shocked at the arrogance, ignorance and selfishness of some of the newcomers to Manchester.

“If you are asked to obey the Covid rules, do as you are told. If you refuse, which results in being asked to leave, don't start! Your actions risk bars / pubs closing! & # 39 ;.

However, some students said they felt “nervous” and like they had been wrongly attacked during the coronavirus crisis.

A fresher said, “It's a little weird. The first few weeks are about meeting people and it's obviously so difficult.

& # 39; Everyone is a little nervous. & # 39;

The video comes as Scottish students are threatened with a strict "Red and Yellow Card" system for breaking Covid-19 rules by being banned from parties and pubs.

News follows that at least a dozen universities in England and Wales have set up their own testing facilities as outbreaks are reported in 17 UK locations.

Institutions have announced that they will "make absolutely clear" to students that parties will not be tolerated – a SAGE scientist warned students that if outbreaks break out, they could stay on campus over Christmas.

Sir Mark Walport told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “The only thing we don't want is for a coronavirus outbreak at a university to cause students to go home and this infection to spread to other parts of the country and others Municipalities transferred. to their parents, to their grandparents.

"If students are infected towards the end of the semester, they may have to stay where they are."

At least 362 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in the UK student population, but none of them are believed to have been hospitalized with the virus.

UK universities are reporting Covid-19 cases

Aberdeen number unconfirmed

Nottingham – A student

Liverpool – 80 students, seven employees

Edinburgh – 120 students in Edinburgh Napier, five in the University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University

Dundee – Four students at Abertay University

Fife – Four cases at St. Andrews University

Glasgow – 124 cases

Exeter number not confirmed

Stirling – a student

Canterbury – Two cases at the University of Kent

Manchester – "Multiple Cases" at Manchester Metropolitan University

Leeds – Six cases

De Montfort – Two confirmed cases

Warwick – A confirmed case

Swansea – 12 confirmed cases

Bristol – A confirmed case at the University of the West of England

Oxford – 30 confirmed cases at Oxford Brookes

Scottish universities yesterday set new rules for students in the north of the UK, instructing them not to go to hospitality establishments or to mingle outside of their household.

The new rules state that institutions "will make it absolutely clear to students that there must be no parties and no socializing outside their households".

They add, “This weekend, the first of the Scottish Government's new, stricter guidelines, we will require students not to make all connections outside of their homes and outside of their homes.

"We will ask you not to go to bars or other restaurants."

It warned of a two-strike approach against anyone who breaks the rules, saying, "We will take a strict 'yellow / red card' approach to student discipline violations that endanger students and others.

"While we would like to begin by notifying students of any discipline violations, we will not hesitate to expand this to include disciplinary action, including possible drop-out."

The first Scottish minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has endorsed the new measures, stating that discipline is necessary for those students who "openly break the rules".

When asked if she supports such a tough stance, Ms. Sturgeon said, “Yes, I support universities that use disciplinary action as a last resort and as a back-up.

“I wouldn't expect universities – and I spoke to school principals this morning and I know that is not their intention – to use discipline as a first resort.

"But of course, like the police, discipline and enforcement have to be part of the answer when you have people who are just blatantly breaking the rules."

The National Union of Students has claimed that students are "wrongly" held responsible for spreading the disease and condemned the "unjustified move to apply different rules to students beyond the rest of the adult population."

But hundreds of students are currently isolating themselves after outbreaks of the virus in Glasgow, Edinburgh Napier and other universities.

The latest daily coronavirus numbers also show an increase in positivity rates – almost one in ten (9.5%) people tested confirmed Covid-19.

In response, Sturgeon also expressed sympathy for students, many of whom will be staying away from home for the first time, and insisted that the decision to allow students to return was not tied to the loss of income universities may see would if students had stayed away.

She said she didn't want to "underestimate" the importance of asking students not to go to pubs this weekend, but said it wasn't the only difficult request she made during the pandemic.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) has endorsed the new measures, saying that discipline is necessary for those students who "openly break the rules".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) has endorsed the new measures, saying that discipline is necessary for those students who "openly break the rules".

Nicola Sturgeon supports disciplinary action as a "last resort" against students

Nicola Sturgeon has supported disciplinary action as a "last resort" against students breaking new rules to curb the spread of Covid-19 on university campuses.

When the daily surge in cases hit a record high and 558 Scots tested positive in the past 24 hours, the Prime Minister said that of course, discipline and enforcement must be part of the answer for those who openly break the rules ''.

The Scottish Government-sponsored principals have made it "absolutely clear" to the students that they are not allowed to attend house parties.

As part of an effort to prevent outbreaks from spreading to university campuses among the general population, all students are urged to avoid pubs this weekend.

Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) has supported disciplinary action as a "last resort" against students who violate new rules to curb the spread of Covid-19 on university campuses

Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) has supported disciplinary action as a "last resort" against students who violate new rules to curb the spread of Covid-19 on university campuses

In addition, if the discipline is violated, the universities will follow a “yellow card / red card” approach, with students being warned that the consequences could include a “possible drop-out”.

Bruce Adamson, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, has expressed concerns about the impact of such measures on human rights and said he is seeking "an urgent discussion" with ministers and universities "to determine the nature and legal basis of these restrictions ".

When asked if she supports such a tough stance, Ms. Sturgeon said, “Yes, I support universities that use disciplinary action as a last resort and as a back-up.

“I wouldn't expect universities – and I spoke to school principals this morning and I know that is not their intention – to use discipline as a first resort.

"But of course, like the police, discipline and enforcement have to be part of the answer when you have people who are just blatantly breaking the rules."

The National Union of Students has claimed that students are "wrongly" held responsible for spreading the disease and condemned the "unjustified move to apply different rules to students beyond the rest of the adult population."

Ms. Sturgeon also expressed her sympathy for college students, many of whom are first time living away from home and may need to self-isolate in dormitories. Pictured: Glasgow University Cloisters

Ms. Sturgeon also expressed her sympathy for college students, many of whom are first time living away from home and may need to self-isolate in dormitories. Pictured: Glasgow University Cloisters

But hundreds of students are currently isolating themselves after outbreaks of the virus in Glasgow, Edinburgh Napier and other universities.

The latest daily coronavirus numbers also show an increase in positivity rates – almost one in ten (9.5%) of people tested confirmed Covid-19.

At her coronavirus briefing on Friday, Ms. Sturgeon also expressed her condolences to college students, many of whom are living away from home for the first time and may need to self-isolate in dormitories.

She insisted that the decision to allow students to return to campus was not linked to the decline in income that universities would have suffered if they were told to stay away.

She described herself as the & # 39; devoted aunt & # 39; from someone who just left home to go to university and directly told the students, 'I'm so sorry, so sorry that this time of your life is being made as tough as it gets right now.

She said the Scottish government was considering allowing self-isolating students to return to their family homes. Pictured: A bar in Bristo Square in Edinburgh which is part of the Student Village of the University of Edinburgh

She said the Scottish government was considering allowing self-isolating students to return to their family homes. Pictured: A bar in Bristo Square in Edinburgh which is part of the Student Village of the University of Edinburgh

"I really feel for you, but I feel especially for those of you who are starting university for the first time and, of course, living alone for the first time."

She said the Scottish government was considering allowing self-isolating students to return to their family homes, adding that guidelines on this could be issued over the weekend.

But she warned, “I'll be honest, this is a difficult balancing act because going home after being asked to self-isolate can affect your family, who may then be asked to self-isolate as well -isolate when you test positive. & # 39;

She said she didn't want to "underestimate" the importance of asking students not to go to pubs this weekend, but said it wasn't the only difficult request she made during the pandemic.

Ms. Sturgeon said, “I have been asking people for six months not to visit their vulnerable relatives in nursing homes.

“I have to ask people to do really difficult things all the time.

"So I'm going to ask all students for a weekend not to go to pubs, and hopefully that will help us contain these outbreaks."

Frau Sturgeon sagte: „Ich habe die Menschen seit sechs Monaten gebeten, ihre schutzbedürftigen Verwandten nicht in Pflegeheimen zu besuchen.

„Ich muss die Leute bitten, die ganze Zeit wirklich schwierige Dinge zu tun.

"Also bitte ich alle Schüler um ein Wochenende, nicht in Pubs zu gehen, und hoffentlich hilft uns das, diese Ausbrüche einzudämmen."

Die neuen Maßnahmen kommen daher, dass Unternehmen wie die Nottingham University eigene Testeinrichtungen eingerichtet haben, um einen Ausbruch zu überwachen, während Exeter eigene private Tests durchgeführt hat.

Professor Jonathan Ball von der Nottingham University sagte, sein Programm habe möglicherweise einen Ausbruch verhindert.

Er sagte gegenüber BBC Radio 4: „Wir hatten einen Piloten mit Tierarztstudenten, die gegen Ende Juli gestartet waren. Wir haben sie wöchentlich getestet und sie haben ihre eigenen Tupfer genommen.

„Wir hatten einen einzigen Fall, der eine asymptomatische Person war, aufgrund unseres Ratschlags, den sie isoliert und ihren Haushalt isoliert hatten. Wir haben drei Wochen später weiter getestet und hatten keine Fälle mehr.

Die Schüler müssen möglicherweise Weihnachten auf dem Campus verbringen, um eine Infektion der Eltern mit Covid zu vermeiden, warnt der SAGE-Experte

Ein Wissenschaftler, der die Regierung berät, sagte, dass Universitätsstudenten möglicherweise angewiesen werden müssen, über Weihnachten auf dem Campus zu bleiben, wenn Coronavirus-Ausbrüche auftreten.

Sir Mark Walport, Mitglied der wissenschaftlichen Beratergruppe für Notfälle (Sage), sagte gegenüber der Sendung Today von BBC Radio 4: „Daran besteht absolut kein Zweifel, und das haben wir von Universitäten auf der ganzen Welt gesehen.

Anfang September wurde ein von Sage gebilligtes Papier veröffentlicht, in dem festgestellt wurde, dass ein erhebliches Risiko besteht, dass die Hochschulbildung die lokale und nationale Übertragung verbessern könnte.

„Universitäten sind sehr große Gemeinschaften, sie bringen Menschen aus dem ganzen Land zusammen und sie sind heutzutage weit entfernt von Klostergemeinschaften.

„Das einzige, was wir nicht wollen, ist, dass ein Ausbruch des Coronavirus an einer Universität dazu führt, dass Studenten nach Hause gehen und diese Infektion auf andere Teile des Landes und andere Gemeinden, auf ihre Eltern, auf ihre Großeltern übertragen.

"Wenn Studenten gegen Ende des Semesters infiziert sind, müssen sie möglicherweise dort bleiben, wo sie sind."

"Wir konnten es schnell identifizieren und möglicherweise einen Ausbruch stoppen, bevor er begann."

Wenn ein positiver Test an der Universität zurückgegeben wird, muss er bei der Regierung einen Test der zweiten Säule beantragen, damit er offiziell als Teil des Track & Trace-Systems registriert wird.

Professor Powell erklärte, warum das Programm so wichtig war: „Es ist seit einiger Zeit bekannt, dass Universitäten besonders risikoreiche Umgebungen sind. Wenn Sie viele sehr junge Menschen haben, zeigt sehr oft jemand, der in diesem Alter infiziert ist, sehr milde Symptome und oft überhaupt keine Symptome, so dass er nicht einmal weiß, dass er infiziert ist.

"Wir bitten sie, in relativ großer Zahl zusammenzuleben, damit sich das Virus schnell verbreiten kann. Deshalb müssen wir uns dessen bewusst sein und alles tun, um dies zu kontrollieren."

Bisher wurde die Mehrheit der Ausbrüche in Schottland registriert, aber es gab Fälle von Covid-19-Studenten an Universitäten in Leeds, Exeter, Liverpool und Manchester.

Studenten in Schottland hängten Haftnotizen in ihre Fenster, wobei eine mit „Send Drink“ und eine andere mit der Klage beklagte, dass sie isoliert nicht rauchen konnten.

Mindestens 600 mussten sich danach auf ihre Studentenunterkünfte beschränken 172 Studenten haben sich an der Universität von Glasgow mit dem Virus infiziert.

Dies hat dazu geführt, dass einige Studenten vermuteten, dass das Fangen von Coronavirus nach der Rückkehr an die Universität „unvermeidlich“ sei.

Eine 18-jährige Studentin sagte, sie habe sich nun seit fast einem Monat isoliert, nachdem sie bei ihrer Ankunft aus Kalifornien in eine erste 14-tägige Quarantäne gebracht worden war.

Der Teenager und drei weitere Personen in ihrer Wohnung für acht Personen im Murano Street Student Village der Universität Glasgow haben jetzt positiv auf Covid-19 getestet.

Der Komplex ist das größte Wohnheim der Universität und bietet Platz für 1.175 Studenten.

Sie sagte: „Bei so vielen Kindern in diesem kleinen Gebiet musste es passieren.

„Wir haben es, also kochen die negativen Leute. Sie werden Essen vor unseren Türen abgeben.

„Es ist wirklich schwer, sich nicht zu vermischen, unsere Küche ist klein und wir müssen uns ein Badezimmer teilen. Wir haben Masken getragen. & # 39;

Meanwhile Mr Hancock said he does not want students to have to stay at their institutions over the Christmas break.

He said: 'I don't want to have a situation like that, and I very much hope we can avoid it,' he said.

Asked if it was under consideration, he said: 'I've learned not to rule things out. And one of the challenges we have is making sure that people are as safe as possible and that includes not spreading between the generations, but… this is not our goal.'

Earlier this week it was revealed 500 students were self-isolating at Abertay University in Dundee after one confirmed case, while 80 students and seven staff were confirmed to have coronavirus at the University of Liverpool.

There have also been 'a number' of confirmed cases at Aberdeen University.

The outbreaks across Scotland have prompted a strong warning against house parties.

Students living in IQ Parker House Students accommodation in Dundee were asked to self isolate due to an outbreak. They entertained themselves by posting messages on the windows

Students living in IQ Parker House Students accommodation in Dundee were asked to self isolate due to an outbreak. They entertained themselves by posting messages on the windows

At least 80 students at Liverpool University have contracted coronavirus, along with seven staff

At least 80 students at Liverpool University have contracted coronavirus, along with seven staff

During yesterday's coronavirus briefing national clinical director, Jason Leitch, said: 'We need you not to have house parties, I could not be more clear.'

Nicola Sturgeon said the 'significant outbreak at the University of Glasgow' had impacted on the daily Covid-19 infection figure for the NHS Greater Glasgow area.

A total of 224 cases were recorded across the health board area in the past day, she said.

Prof Leitch said he had spoken to student leaders about the latest restrictions on Tuesday through the National Union of Students.

Infected students say coronavirus outbreaks were 'inevitable' at universities

Students who contracted coronavirus after starting university have said an outbreak in their accommodation was inevitable.

One student said she has now been isolating for nearly a month, having been placed in an initial 14-day quarantine on arrival from California.

The teenager and three other people in her eight-person flat in Glasgow University's Murano Street Student Village have now tested positive for Covid-19.

The complex is the university's largest halls of residence and can house 1,175 students.

The 18-year-old, who is studying international relations and sociology, said she is having to wash her clothes in the sink as the laundry is outside the flat.

The residents of the flat had already been isolating for five days when she received her positive test result on Friday morning.

She said: 'With this many kids in this small an area, it was bound to happen.

The teenager and three other people in her eight-person flat in Glasgow University's Murano Street Student Village (pictured) have now tested positive for Covid-19

The teenager and three other people in her eight-person flat in Glasgow University's Murano Street Student Village (pictured) have now tested positive for Covid-19

'We have it, so the negative people are cooking. They will drop off food outside our doors.

'It's really hard not to mix, our kitchen is small and we have to share a bathroom. We've been wearing masks.'

She said she has been getting support from her family and new flatmates.

'I've been watching a lot of movies and just trying to focus on other things,' she added.

One flatmate, 19, from London, who also tested positive on Friday morning, said he arrived late to the flat and it had already been placed in isolation.

He said: 'It's freshers' week – it just happens. You couldn't stop it if you tried.

'I was washing my hands everywhere I went.

'I'm sort of glad I've got it so it's out the way.'

The flatmates had already booked a test at Glasgow Caledonian University in another part of the city before they discovered a mobile testing unit had been set up at Murano Street.

Another student in separate accommodation at the complex said there had been some positive cases in her 12-person flat, but she had tested negative.

The 19-year-old from London, who is studying medicine, said: 'The uni put in place all the precautions they could, but things happen.

'As much as it's horrible to have to be isolating already, we're still getting to know each other so it's not as bad as it could be.'

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