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

Manchester Metropolitan University students at two properties are among those directed to self-isolate for 14 days after a surge in Covid-19 cases. The emergency measures were implemented on Birley campus and Cambridge Halls after 127 students tested positive.

Elsewhere, 600 Glasgow University students were confined to their accommodation following outbreaks in Murano Street and Cairncross apartment buildings following social activities at the start of Freshers Week, which ran 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 "will likely be higher".

Scotland has reported more than 1,100 students self-isolating due to the virus. 500 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 are left at home in St. Andrews after an illegal Freshers & # 39; Week party in a dormitory.

It is because 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. On the BBC's Good Morning Scotland program she asked, “What are we paying for? I could do anything I do from my house. Why did you send us here?

“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 that 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.

University of Manchester students were filmed throwing an illegal party

University of Manchester students were filmed throwing an illegal party

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 given 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 catching coronavirus is "inevitable" after they return to university.

One 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.

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 lot of students dancing to music with a clip called "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.

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 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 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

“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 experiences this year are 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 that 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 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 don't 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, there could be mental health problems."

& # 39; However, we are ready to issue notices of fixed sentences if necessary and in the seven days leading up to September 23rd, 29 FPNs were 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.

In the Birley Halls, accommodation for students at Manchester Metropolitan University, around 100 people celebrated until the early hours of the morning, according to residents.

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 all about meeting people and obviously it's so hard to do.

& # 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.

Up to 125 students have turned to coronavirus at three universities in Edinburgh following outbreaks in Glasgow, Dundee, Fife and Aberdeen.

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

Sir Mark Walport told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “The only thing we don't want is a coronavirus outbreak at a university causing students to go home and this infection 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

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

Scottish universities yesterday set new rules for students in the north of the UK, instructing them not to visit hospitality establishments or 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 kinds of contacts outside of their homes and 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 discipline violations, we will not hesitate to extend 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 like the police, of course, when you have people who are just blatantly breaking the rules, discipline and enforcement must be part of the answer."

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%) of people tested confirmed Covid-19.

In response, Sturgeon also expressed her condolences to 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 related to the loss of income universities may see, when 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 supported the new measures, saying that discipline is necessary for those students who "openly break the rules".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) has supported 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 who break 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 backed 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 public, 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 like the police, of course, when you have people who are just blatantly breaking the rules, discipline and enforcement must be part of the answer."

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 sympathy for 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 wasn't linked to the drop in income universities would have suffered if they had been 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 entering 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 on this.

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."

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."

The new measures come because companies like Nottingham University have set up their own testing facilities to monitor an outbreak, while Exeter has been running its own private testing.

Nottingham University professor Jonathan Ball said his program may have prevented an outbreak.

He told BBC Radio 4: “We had a pilot with vet students who took off towards the end of July. We tested them weekly and they took their own swabs.

“We had a single case that was an asymptomatic person based on our advice that they isolated and their household isolated. We continued testing three weeks later and had no more cases.

Students may have to spend Christmas on campus to avoid infecting parents with Covid, the SAGE expert warns

A scientist advising the government said university students may need to be instructed to stay on campus over Christmas if coronavirus outbreaks occur.

Sir Mark Walport, member of the Sage Scientific Advisory Group, told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “There is absolutely no doubt about it, and we have seen it from universities around the world.

In early September, a paper approved by Sage was released which found that there was a significant risk that higher education could improve local and national transmission.

“Universities are very large communities, they bring people together from all over the country, and they are a long way from monastic communities these days.

“The only thing we don't want is for a coronavirus outbreak at a university to cause students to go home and spread that infection to other parts of the country and other communities, to their parents, to their grandparents.

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

"We were able to identify it quickly and possibly stop an outbreak before it started."

If a positive test is returned to the university, they must apply to the government for a second pillar test in order to be officially registered as part of the Track & Trace system.

Professor Powell explained why the program was so important: “It has been known for some time that universities are particularly high-risk environments. When you have a lot of very young people, very often someone who is infected at this age will have very mild symptoms and often no symptoms at all, so they won't even know they are infected.

"We ask them to live together in relatively large numbers so that the virus can spread quickly. So we have to be aware of this and do everything we can to control it."

So far, the majority of outbreaks have been recorded in Scotland, but there have been cases of Covid-19 students at universities in Leeds, Exeter, Liverpool and Manchester.

Students in Scotland put sticky notes in their windows, one labeled “Send Drink” and one labeled “Send Drink” complaining that they could not smoke in isolation.

At least 600 then had to confine themselves to their student accommodation 124 students were infected with the virus at the University of Glasgow.

This has led some students to suspect that catching coronavirus is "inevitable" upon returning to university.

An 18-year-old student said she had been in isolation for nearly a month after being placed in an initial 14-day quarantine upon arrival from California.

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

The complex is the university's largest dormitory and can accommodate 1,175 students.

She said, “With so many children in this small area, it had to happen.

“We have it, so the negative people cook. They will deliver food in front of our doors.

“It's really hard not to mix, our kitchen is small and we have to share a bathroom. We wore masks. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Mr Hancock said he did not want students to have to stay in their facilities during the Christmas break.

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

When asked if this would be considered, he said, “I've learned not to rule things out. And one of the challenges we face is making sure people are as safe as possible, and that includes making sure they don't spread between generations, but … that's not our goal. & # 39;

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

There were also a number of confirmed cases at Aberdeen University.

The outbreaks across Scotland have sparked a strong warning of house parties.

Students living at IQ Parker House student accommodation in Dundee has been asked to self-isolate due to an outbreak. They talked by posting messages on the windows

Students living at IQ Parker House student accommodation in Dundee has been asked to self-isolate due to an outbreak. They talked by posting messages on the windows

At least 80 students at Liverpool University have contracted coronavirus with seven employees

At least 80 students at Liverpool University have contracted coronavirus with seven employees

During yesterday's coronavirus briefing, National Clinical Director Jason Leitch said, "We need you not to throw house parties, I couldn't be clearer."

Nicola Sturgeon said the "significant University of Glasgow outbreak" had an impact on the daily Covid-19 infection count in the greater NHS area of ​​Glasgow.

Last day, a total of 224 cases were recorded across the health department, she said.

Prof. Leitch said he spoke with student leaders Tuesday about recent restrictions by the National Union of Students.

Infected college students say coronavirus outbreaks were "inevitable" at universities

Students who contracted coronavirus after starting university said an outbreak at their property was inevitable.

One student said she had been in isolation for almost a month after being placed in an initial 14-day quarantine upon arrival from California.

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

The complex is the university's largest dormitory and can accommodate 1,175 students.

The 18-year-old, who studies international relations and sociology, said she had to wash her clothes in the sink because the laundry is outside the home.

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

She said, “With so many children in this small area, it had to happen.

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

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

“We have it, so the negative people cook. They will deliver food in front of our doors.

“It's really hard not to mix, our kitchen is small and we have to share a bathroom. We wore masks. & # 39;

She said she had support from her family and new roommates.

"I've seen a lot of movies and just tried to focus on other things," she added.

A 19-year-old roommate from London, who also tested positive on Friday morning, said he arrived at the apartment late and it had already been kept in isolation.

He said, "It's freshman week – it just happens. You couldn't stop it if you tried.

“I've washed my hands everywhere.

"I'm kind of glad I got it, so it's out of the way."

The roommates had already booked a test at Glasgow Caledonian University in another part of town before discovering that a mobile testing unit had been set up on Murano Street.

Another student in a separate accommodation in the complex said there had been a few positive cases in her 12-person apartment, but she had tested negative.

The 19-year-old from London, who studies medicine, said, “The university has taken all possible precautions, but things do happen.

"As terrible as it is to have to isolate ourselves, we're still getting to know each other so it isn't as bad as it could be."

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