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Coronavirus UK: 474 students and five staff test positive at Sheffield University


Nearly 500 people tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Sheffield.

According to an online tracker on the university's website, 474 students and five staff tested positive for Covid-19 on September 28.

Sheffield University employs around 8,000 people and typically accepts 29,000 students on campus each academic year.

A spokesman said those affected by coronavirus are following government guidelines and that support is available. It goes without saying that no entire student apartment blocks are currently blocked.

It happens that more than 750 students at Northumbria University in Newcastle are locked in their dormitories after nearly 800 people test positive for coronavirus.

The spokesman said: "We are realizing how difficult it is for students who are new to Sheffield and are faced with self-isolating due to Covid-19 cases.

"To ensure that we are providing the best possible support to students, we will contact all students who are self-isolating to review their well-being and offer practical and emotional support."

The weekly coronavirus rate in Sheffield for the seven days ending October 1 is now 233.1 new cases per 100,000 people.

In other coronavirus developments today:

  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned that after the coronavirus crisis, he would rebalance the books to warn that taxes are rising and spending will be cut;
  • Official figures, updated with the missed cases, show the UK's daily rate has not been below 6,000 since September 21, based on the date samples were taken rather than the time the result was published.
  • Ministers are putting the finishing touches to a traffic light system that could pave the way for tighter restrictions such as pubs closing in certain areas.
  • School exams next year would be delayed by three weeks as the crisis progressed.
  • Mr Sunak is "frustrated" with the 10pm pubs curfew and has no regrets that "Eat Out to Help Out" – although Mr Johnson suggests it fueled Covid cases;
  • The trials of a passenger test regime are expected to begin within a few weeks to win the Mail's Get Britain Flying campaign.
  • Health Minister Lord Bethell claimed the UK would look back on its response to Covid-19 "like it did at the Olympics" and be "extremely proud".

Almost 500 people have tested positive at the University of Sheffield. The weekly Covid rate in Sheffield for the seven days ending October 1 is now 233.1 new cases per 100,000 people

Daily totals rose over the weekend following the "glitch," leading officials to add thousands of cases that were missed last week. However, this only shows the dates on which the cases were reported, not when the positive tests took place

The weekly rate of new infections has risen in dozen of areas of England after adding nearly 16,000 that had previously not been reported nationwide

The new data has now been added to the government systems. Based on the date the sample was taken, rather than the time the result was published, the UK daily rate has not been less than 6,000 since September 21

The new data has now been added to the government systems. Based on the date the sample was taken, rather than the time the result was published, the UK daily rate has not been below 6,000 since September 21

Manchester has the highest rate in England, with 2,740 cases recorded in the seven days leading up to October 1 – 495.6 cases per 100,000 population, up from 223.2 the week before

There were new fears of tighter restrictions in Sheffield after nearly 300 Covid-19 cases were recorded in a single day.

In Newcastle, 770 students tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating for 14 days according to government instructions.

Newcastle University confirmed 94 students and seven staff tested positive, despite a spokeswoman said the "vast majority of cases" came from "social and domestic backgrounds".

The University and College Union (UCU) warned Northumbria University that it was "far too early for a mass return to campus".

In a statement, UCU said, “We have notified Northumbria University that they have a civic duty to put the health of staff, students and the local community first, and we are not excited to see another preventable crisis now .

"We warned last month that given the current restrictions in the area, the direction of the infection rate and the problems with Test and Trace, it is clearly far too early for a mass campus return."

It comes from the fact that Manchester was branded as the UK's coronavirus capital after "missed" new cases were added to its most recent list.

The weekly rate of new infections has risen in dozen of areas of England after adding nearly 16,000 that had previously not been reported nationwide.

Manchester has the highest rate in England, with 2,740 cases recorded in the seven days leading up to October 1 – 495.6 cases per 100,000 population, up from 223.2 the previous week.

Liverpool has the second highest rate of 2,273 new cases from 287.1 to 456.4.

With 682 new cases, Knowsley ranks third from 300.3 to 452.1.

Other areas with strong growth are Newcastle upon Tyne (from 256.6 to 399.6 with 1,210 new cases); Nottingham (from 52.0 to 283.9 with 945 new cases); Leeds (from 138.8 to 274.5 with 2,177 new cases); and Sheffield (from 91.8 to 233.1 with 1,363 new cases).

It comes after 16,000 Coronavirus cases were missed due to a computer glitch – meaning thousands of potentially infected contacts were not traced.

It is believed that the extraordinary breakdown was caused by an Excel spreadsheet that contains laboratory results that are reaching their maximum size and cannot be updated.

Between September 25 and October 2, 15,841 cases were not uploaded to the government dashboard.

In addition to underestimating the scale of the UK outbreak, the details were not critically shared with contact tracers, meaning people exposed to the virus were not tracked.

Labor and Pensions Minister Therese Coffey admitted this morning that more Britons may have been infected as a result of the bug.

Boris Johnson couldn't even say how many people were contacted after the blunder.

But he did his best to downplay concerns that ministers would have made crucial decisions about the lockdown without accurate information, saying the outbreak was still what the experts wanted.

The Shambolic situation sparked an immediate backlash against PHE – which is already being phased out and is to be replaced by the government – claiming "everything it touches becomes sh **".

But the body struck back by pointing a finger at the Test and Trace surgery performed by Baroness Dido Harding. & # 39; We report the data when it is sent. We didn't get it, ”an official told Sky News.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to hold an emergency meeting with disgruntled mayors about the situation before there is a bruise in the House of Commons tonight.

The technical problem has now been resolved by splitting the Excel files into stacks.

Leaked documents reveal potential pub closings and the ban on ALL social contact outside your household under the proposed red, amber and green traffic light system

According to reports, ministers are planning tough new bans on "red alerts". A leaked document shows that all social contact outside of homes could be banned under the most extreme part of a proposed traffic light style system.

The new three-tier system includes a Level Three Alert, which includes severe new restrictions – almost parallel to the full lockdown measures imposed in March.

This includes closing all hospitality and recreational businesses, as well as banning contact with anyone outside a person's household in any setting.

Non-professional sports are also being discontinued – although places of worship are allowed to remain open – which was not the case during the original coronavirus lockdown.

It comes from the fact that the UK recorded 23,000 new coronavirus infections on Sunday following a "technical glitch", meaning thousands of cases were not initially included in the official data.

The harsh new red measures, outlined in a leaked document by The Guardian, will be imposed either nationally or in a specific area only if the virus cannot be controlled by level 2 measures or if there is a significant increase in the level of the virus in an area Transfer recorded is & # 39 ;.

"Level Two Alert" measures, which are yellow on the traffic light system, include restricting social gatherings to people within a household and the support bubble while restricting travel to essential purposes.

Alert level 2 is triggered when infections have increased and local measures cannot control this.

In the meantime, Alert Level One, green, will encompass pre-existing measures such as the “Rule of Six”, hospitality curfew at 10pm and wearing face masks in public places like supermarkets and public transport.

According to the Guardian, a source in A Whitehall said the values ​​were intended as "minimum standards".

The source added that specific local circumstances in each area would also be considered.

PHE officials said the pending cases were forwarded to NHS Test and Trace "immediately" after the problem was resolved, and thanked the contact tracers for their "extra efforts" over the weekend to clean up the backlog.

All cases were referred to Tracer at 1am on Saturday, implying potential delays of more than a week in contacting thousands of people exposed to the virus and asking them to self-isolate.

PHE said that every single person initially tested had received their test result as usual, with any positive tests being asked to self-isolate.

The technical issue meant the daily totals reported on the government's coronavirus dashboard for the past week were lower than the real figure.

For example, 4,786 cases that were supposed to be reported on October 2nd were not included in the daily total on the dashboard on that day when the number was reported as 6,968.

The government dashboard said there were an additional 22,961 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 502,978.

A note on the dashboard states: "The cases by publication date for October 3rd and 4th include 15,841 additional cases with sample dates between September 25th and October 2nd – so they are artificially high for England and the UK . "

Michael Brodie, interim chief executive at PHE, said the "technical problem" was identified on Friday, October 2, overnight as part of the data loading process, which translates positive laboratory results from Covid-19 into reporting dashboards.

The problem was caused by an Excel spreadsheet reaching its maximum file size, preventing new names from being added in an automated process.

The files have now been split into several smaller files to prevent the problem from occurring again.

Test and Trace and Public Health England Joint Medical Advisor Susan Hopkins said: “All outstanding cases were immediately transferred to the contact tracing system at 1am on October 3rd and a thorough public health risk assessment was carried out to ensure pending cases have been prioritized for effective contact tracing. & # 39;

According to the PHE, NHS Test and Trace have made sure there are more than enough contact tracers in place and are working with local health protection teams to ensure they also have sufficient resources to contact all cases urgently.

The number of call attempts is increased from 10 to 15 within 96 hours.

However, in a round of interviews this morning, Ms. Coffey admitted that people were likely infected as a result of the failures.

When asked if some might have been infected as a result of the bug, she told Sky News, "It may well be, and I was made aware that probably most of it (contact tracing) happened in the last element of the week. in the last days.

“So it is important that we act quickly and PHE (Public Health England) act quickly to see if people need to self-isolate or not.

"Because I realize that not everyone who goes through the regime will be identified by the Test and Trace regime to do this further self-isolation."

On a visit to an energy company in London today, Boris Johnson, who refused to make a full statement in an interview yesterday, said "some of the data was cut off and lost".

"But what they have now done is not only contact all of the people who have been found to have the disease – that was done in the first place – but they are now working on all the contacts," he said.

“The most important thing I would say, and that goes for everyone, is that if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace if you are told that you have been in contact with someone who has the virus, you need to isolate yourself .

"There's a £ 500 grant for that and, of course, a £ 10,000 fine if you don't."

Mr Johnson has downplayed concerns that ministers have made key lockdown decisions without accurate information.

He said the updated numbers meant the spread of the virus was where experts expected it and insisted it would soon become clear whether additional restrictions on some parts of the country would have the intended impact.

"The frequency that we see in the cases is pretty much where we thought we were," he said.

"And to be honest, I think the slightly lower numbers we saw didn't really reflect where we thought the disease was likely to go, so I think those numbers are realistic.

“The bottom line is that over the next few days and weeks we'll see more clearly whether some of the restrictions we put in place – the additional enforcement of the rule of six, the additional enforcement of self-isolation, the rules for masks, and so on – all those things who got in, we'll see if that starts to drive the virus away. & # 39;

If people follow the guide, "I have no doubt we will be able to get over it like we did earlier this year".

PM and Sunak have joined forces on a united front after the Chancellor stole the "frustrating" 10 p.m. pubs curfew

Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson built a united front today after the Chancellor called the 10pm pubs curfew "frustrating" and insisted he "had no regrets" of the "Eat Out to Help Out" program.

The two politicians were pictured together visiting an energy company after Mr Sunak vigorously defended his restaurant subsidies – despite the prime minister admitting they may have contributed to the surge in coronavirus cases.

In an interview prior to his keynote address at the Tory conference, Sunak said the program created two million jobs.

He cemented his status as the cabinet's leading “hawk” on the need to get the economy going again, telling The Sun, “I don't think it's wrong for people to seek normalcy, and I do don't think it's wrong the government wants this for the people. & # 39;

The intervention came after Mr Johnson was heavily questioned about his management of the crisis, criticizing chaotic local lockdowns and shambolic testing. He admitted yesterday that he dropped his "lively" style during the pandemic because it was "inappropriate".

In contrast, Mr. Sunak was praised for his tone of voice, speaking about the effects of the disease and the speed with which complicated rescue operations, including vacations, were carried out.

Mr Johnson tried yesterday to bridge the apparent gap between their messages by saying he wanted the public to be "fearless but use common sense".

Jonathan Ashworth, Secretary of Health for Shadow, said: “This is shambolic and people across the country will understandably be alarmed.

"Matt Hancock was due to come to the House of Commons on Monday to explain what happened in the world, how it had affected our ability to contain this virus, and what he plans to do to fix testing and tracking."

On Saturday, Professor Graham Medley, a participant in the Emergency Scientific Advisory Group, tweeted: “Delays in reporting are devastating to data streams and making them very difficult to analyze in real time.

“If the delays change or vary depending on the group, they can become very skewed. I wonder what these will do with the R estimates next week. & # 39;

Professor Paul Hunter, epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, said last night, “To manage an epidemic, you clearly need good quality data – without that data it is very difficult to act on. It's a real problem. & # 39;

Government advisor Professor Graham Medley, who sits on the Sage Emergency Panel, said, “Delays in reporting affect data flows and make them very difficult to analyze in real time. If the delays change or vary depending on the group, they can become grossly skewed. I wonder what these will do with the R estimates next week. & # 39;

Dr. Duncan Robertson, a modeling and policy analysis expert at Loughborough University, added, “It is important to understand the reason for the delay.

"If it's a delay in reporting, that's bad enough. However, if there has been a delay in adding these cases to the NHS Test and Trace database, it can have a serious impact on the spread of the disease to have."

Critics said if there was a real spike in cases in the days to come, this might be overlooked as it is impossible to tell which infections are new and which are simply filtering the residue.

Mr Johnson and his scientific advisors have repeatedly pointed to rising case numbers to warrant stricter regulations.

Local restrictions depend on the infection data.

A sweep of a dozen cases per week in a small town or district is enough to make the difference between imposing a lockdown or running businesses and families normally.

Michael Brodie, Interim Chief Executive of Public Health England, said last night: & # 39; A technical problem was detected overnight on Friday October 2nd with data loading that showed positive laboratory results of Covid-19 in reporting Dashboards are transferred.

& # 39; After a quick investigation, we found that 15,841 cases were not included in the daily reported Covid-19 cases between September 25 and October 2.

"Each of these cases received the Covid-19 test result as usual, and anyone who tested positive was advised to self-isolate."

Previously, 28 people were registered as dead of coronavirus in the UK in separate hospital records.

The number – ten more than last week – brings the UK death toll during the pandemic to 42,345.

Scotland has reported 758 new cases and no new deaths. There are 432 other cases in Wales but the death toll remains unchanged as no new deaths have been reported.

All 28 deaths were recorded in England, 25 in hospitals in the North East, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The patients were all between 69 and 94 years old and had underlying health conditions.

The number comes after a "bug in the counting system" was blamed for coronavirus cases that nearly doubled yesterday – as Boris Johnson suggested contact tracing may have been delayed.

Previously, the prime minister dodged a more elaborate explanation when grilled over the extraordinary spike reported yesterday with nearly 13,000 new cases.

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