Coronavirus cases in student quarters reach rest of England more than 10 times | UK | News


In densely student-populated Fallowfield in south Manchester, there was one in 20 carriers during the week ending October 2.This equates to a weekly infection rate of almost 5,000 cases per 100,000 people.

In the rest of England, the Office for National Statistics says 400 out of 100,000 people are infected with Covid-19.

Living in large households with active social lives – and being younger and less likely to show symptoms – college students are a perfect vector for the virus. In student-dominated neighborhoods of Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Nottingham and Liverpool, more than one in 100 has tested positive.University of Reading microbiologist Dr Simon Clarke said: “Even though the students are not usually very sick, they can spread the virus to the rest of the community. These cities also have great nighttime savings. You forget about social distancing when you talk and socialize.

Jo Grady, head of the University and College Union, said the spikes were “a predictable and preventable crisis that ministers and universities chose not to do anymore.
to compel ”.

The 10 most affected student areas, all with rates equivalent to 1,600 per 100,000 or more, are in the north, with the exception of the districts of Nottingham and Exeter.

It is feared that more than 90 universities or colleges in the UK now have outbreaks of Covid-19.

Newcastle University has announced that 1,003 students have tested positive in the past seven days. It came after 770 positive tests were reported at nearby Northumbria University last Friday.

About one in eight Durham students at two colleges – St Mary’s and Collingwood College – has tested positive.

The University of Bristol yesterday told hundreds of people to self-isolate after 40 people tested positive, bringing the total to 254 students and three staff.

Several universities have started fining students for parties or not isolating themselves.


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