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.
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.”