Current track



Current show

The BIG Drive Home

2:00 pm 6:00 pm

Current show

The BIG Drive Home

2:00 pm 6:00 pm

Major outbreak at Northumbria University as 770 students test positive

Written by on 2 October 2020

Northumbria University says 770 students have tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the institution, which is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, said 78 students were displaying symptoms.

All of them are now self-isolating.

Flatmates and any close contacts are also going into quarantine, and have been advised to book a test if they develop COVID-19 symptoms, the spokesperson added.

Councillor Irim Ali, a cabinet member on Newcastle City Council, said the city and university had gone to “incredible lengths” to create COVID-secure environments for students.

She added: “Sadly, a small number of students are undermining these efforts.”

Volunteers will deliver food packages and other essential items to those confined to their accommodation, Cllr Ali said.

More from UK

She commented: “While work continues to control ongoing outbreaks, we need all students to comply with the regulations and guidance.

“If we are to beat the virus, we need a collective effort.”