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Nearly 1,000 Durham University students and six employees tested positive for Covid in the past week


Nearly 1,000 Durham University employees and students tested positive for coronavirus within a week.

In the week leading up to October 14, a total of 958 students and six employees tested positive.

It comes after 222 students and staff tested positive for the virus over the past week.

This has increased the total number of cases since the beginning of the semester to 1,220, with 11 cases among employees and 1,209 among students. That beat neighboring Newcastle University, which reported 749 new cases, bringing the total to 760.

The numbers were released by Durham University as part of their weekly update of the number of cases reported by students or staff through its own system.

It follows that 800 students living at the institute's St. Mary & # 39; s and Collingwood College are required to be quarantined in certain cases after a surge.

At Durham University, nearly 1,000 students tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week

A mobile testing center was set up at Durham University, where nearly 1,000 students tested positive

A mobile testing center was set up at Durham University, where nearly 1,000 students tested positive

A university spokesperson said: "For the past 7 days, the number of reported positive coronavirus cases among students and staff has been constant, with around 100-150 new cases reported per day.

“We proactively and regularly monitor and manage the situation with local and national public health experts and take appropriate action if necessary.

“We have proactively managed the two major outbreaks at two of our colleges – St. Mary & # 39; s College and Collingwood College – by introducing new measures for our students living in these colleges.

Working with the Durham County Council's Public Health Team, these measures were taken on Thursday (October 8) to limit the movement of students within these colleges and further limit the spread of the coronavirus.

& # 39; The new measures complement current government restrictions.

& # 39; We continue to communicate regularly with our staff and students to encourage expected behavior and to deepen important information about government restrictions and additional guidelines on the university campus in the interest of the health, safety and wellbeing of all.

"Our classroom and wider student experience activities will continue both online and face-to-face in a Covid-safe environment."

The university says the increase in cases is related to outbreaks at two of its colleges - St. Mary & # 39; s College and Collingwood College - and that measures are being taken to manage the spread

The university says the increase in cases is related to outbreaks at two of its colleges – St. Mary & # 39; s College and Collingwood College – and that measures are being taken to manage the spread

As of October 10, County Durham had 322.4 cases per 100,000 a week with 1,709 new cases – a sharp jump from 179.8 cases per 100,000 and 953 new cases the previous week, according to weekly rates by region.

Durham is currently subject to the second tier – "high" restrictions in the new three tier system.

This is followed by Boris Johnson's commitment to "bring the students home safely for Christmas" despite the rising number of Covid-19 cases at universities.

Sheffield University reported 588 student infections in the week ended October 8, an infection rate of 2,028 per 100,000 people – the standard measure for outbreak analysis.

Outbreaks in student areas are significantly worse than other parts of the country, and one part of Manchester has been shown to have 1 in 20 people carrying the disease.

Local positive test data from earlier this month showed Covid-19 infection rates per person were up to seven times higher than the worst hit cities overall and up to 45 times higher than the UK average.

The students are known to live in large households, mingle with strangers, and lead very active social lives. You arguably create the ideal environment for a Covid-19 outbreak.

A sign that was seen in a hall in Manchester earlier this month. Boris Johnson has pledged to "get students home safely for Christmas" despite the rising number of cases in universities

A sign that was seen in a hall in Manchester earlier this month. Boris Johnson has pledged to "get students home safely for Christmas" despite the rising number of cases in universities

Students Lauren Watson (left) and Olivia Austin at The Forge student accommodation at Sheffield Hallam University, where the number of Covid-19 cases has increased

Students Lauren Watson (left) and Olivia Austin at The Forge student accommodation at Sheffield Hallam University, where the number of Covid-19 cases has increased

Data analyzed by The Times shows that in Manchester's Fallowfield – a thriving student suburb of the city – five percent of people tested positive for the disease in the week leading up to October 2.

This corresponds to a weekly coronavirus infection rate of almost 5,000 cases per 100,000 people.

A rate per 100,000 is the standard way to measure Covid-19 infections, although only about 15,000 people live in Fallowfield.

This rate dwarfs that of the hotspot when taking entire parish areas into account – Nottingham had the highest rate for the entire area at 689 cases per 100,000.

Sarah Doran, a public health advisor who leads Manchester's response to Covid-19, said a pilot project to mass screen students in dormitories had resulted in high numbers.

Public health officials distributed hundreds of tests to caged students in Manchester Metropolitan University dormitories in late September.

Data shows that in Fallowfield, Manchester - a thriving student suburb of the city - five percent of people tested positive for the disease in the week leading up to October 2

Data shows that in Fallowfield, Manchester – a thriving student suburb of the city – five percent of people tested positive for the disease in the week leading up to October 2

Students draw on Quayside in Newcastle during their first contact with Newcastle University since joining over a week ago amid the spread of the coronavirus

Students draw on Quayside in Newcastle during their first contact with Newcastle University since joining over a week ago amid the spread of the coronavirus

Every fourth patient was found Covid-19 (272 out of 640 tests) after severe outbreaks in two groups of MMU halls in September.

While Nottingham, the worst-hit city according to the Press Association, has the highest rate of any local authority at around 0.06 percent of the infected population, rates in university districts were significantly higher.

One of Nottingham's own student districts – University Park, Lenton Abbey & Jubilee Campus – was the second worst hit area after Fallowfield.

There, 451 people tested positive in the week ended October 2, indicating that four percent of the population had been diagnosed.

WHICH 10 STUDENT AREAS HAVE THE WORST OUTBREAKS?

This is what Covid-19 infection rates look like in some of the hardest-hit student areas in England.

The rates were calculated by The Times as positive tests per 100,000 population between September 26 and October 2.

All areas have a population less than 100,000, but the rate is a standardized measure used nationwide to make comparison easier.

  1. Fallowfield Central, Manchester (4,972 per 100,000)
  2. University Park, Lenton Abbey & Jubilee Campus, Nottingham (4,093)
  3. Endcliffe & Ranmoor, Sheffield (3,241)
  4. Lady barn, Manchester (3,073)
  5. Rusholme East, Manchester (2,425)
  6. Hyde Park Corner, Leeds (2,260)
  7. University & small wooden house, Leeds (2,032)
  8. Pennsylvania & University, Exeter (1,918)
  9. Shieldfield & Heaton Park, Newcastle (1,609)
  10. Broomhall, Sheffield (1,604)

ENGLAND AVERAGE: 111 per 100,000

England's deputy chief physician. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam warned Monday that cases from younger people are spreading to the more vulnerable older generation.

Speaking at a # 10 press conference, he said that while the epidemic had "started" in younger people in recent weeks, there was "clear evidence of a gradual spread to older age groups" in the hardest hit areas.

An Education Department spokesman said last night, “All students can go home for Christmas if they wish.

“However, when students travel home we need to make sure they do so in a way that minimizes the risk of spreading the virus, and the date that universities have to stop personal tuition will be an important part of that.

"We will provide details on this shortly."

Meanwhile, experts have criticized plans to lock the universities down, saying they would increase Covid-19 infections.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced a proposal last month to self-isolate students between December 8 and 22.

Earlier on, he told Commons: "We will work with universities to ensure that all students are supported in returning home safely and spending Christmas with loved ones if they so choose."

However, Ellen Brooks-Pollock of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviors, which advises SAGE (the scientific emergency advisory group), said the plan could lead to an outbreak due to dormitory overcrowding.

She told BBC Radio 4 today, "Two weeks might be enough for students living in smaller households and living with two or three other people, but in these dormitories where there are really many people living together, it might just be too." one lead outbreak in these dormitories. & # 39;

Ms. Brooks-Pollock added, "And if there are already common infections, many of which are not being observed, two weeks at the end of the semester would not be long enough: it is essentially too late."

University Secretary Michelle Donelan is expected to have talks today to increase support for the plan, which The Guardian says will keep students on campus while they are taught online.

The Vice Chancellors were concerned about the plan, however, and the heads of higher education expressed doubts that large numbers of students would be sent home by public transport in one day.

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