Teenager dies after being found unconscious in Newcastle college dormitories
- Medics rushed to Richardson Road, which is where the Park View halls are Saturday
- The teen's death is not related to Covid-19, Northumbria police confirmed
- The death came days after 800 students in the city tested positive for coronavirus
An 18-year-old died yesterday in a Newcastle University dormitory after being found unconscious.
Early on Saturday morning, paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle, where Park View's dormitories are located.
The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and her death is not related to Covid-19, police have confirmed.
An 18-year-old died yesterday in a Newcastle University dormitory after being found unconscious. Pictured: local police
Early on Saturday morning, paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle, where the Park View student villages (pictured) are located
Northumbria police were called by ambulance just after 6 a.m. this morning.
A spokesman said: "The investigation is at an early stage, but it is not believed to be a Covid-19-related death."
Her death came just days after 800 students in Newcastle tested positive for coronavirus as the city was classified as England's new coronavirus hotspot.
Northumbria University – another university in the city – has been accused of reopening campus and causing the “preventable” public health crisis.
All 770 students from the region, together with their flatmates and close contacts, are self-isolating for 14 days.
The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and her death is not related to Covid-19, police have confirmed. Pictured: local police
All ten of England's top coronavirus hotspots are in the north and show the north-south divide. Newcastle, which contains the Northumbria University outbreak, is on the list
Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham are all closed, while Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will be closed from Sunday. Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Darlington are open
The pupils have put up signs on their windows that read “Covid +” and “Send beer” as the authorities and the city council provide them with food, laundry, cleaning products and welfare.
Those who do not receive in-person tuition during their quarantine will receive additional academic support from the university.
A spokesman said the increase in cases comes the week after students return to the area and "reflects good access to and availability of tests and strict and robust reporting systems."
Nearly 800 students tested positive for coronavirus in Newcastle when one of the UK's largest university unions accused Northumbria University of reopening campus and causing the "preventable" public health crisis (Northumbria University students posed for photos Windows in Shieldfield when they posted signs saying "send beer")
Northumbria University students posed for photos by windows in Shieldfield as they posted “Send Beer” signs while a male student smiled at the crowd
They refused to say if the outbreak occurred in one dormitory or in multiple dormitories and private homes across Newcastle as infections in the city rose 60 percent this week to 250 cases per 100,000.
However, the Union of Universities and Colleges blamed the outbreak for the university authorities' decision to open their campus to students, suggesting they were responsible for the "avoidable crisis".
Secretary General Jo Grady said, “We warned last month that, given the current restrictions in the area, the direction of the infection rate, and the issues with Test and Trace, it is clearly far too early for a mass return to campus.
“We have told 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. The university sector and government must address this public health crisis immediately. "
At least 50 universities across the UK are currently dealing with confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks amid fears that the UK's second wave is already well underway. 1,800 cases were found among students and staff.
124 cases have been confirmed at the University of Glasgow and 221 cases have been recorded at the University of Manchester as thousands of tired students flocked to campus at the start of the semester on September 21.
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