Teenage girl dies after being found unconscious in student residences in Newcastle

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An 18-year-old student has died in a Newcastle university residence after being discovered unconscious.

Paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle – where the Park View student halls are located – early Saturday morning.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and her death is not “related to Covid-19”, police confirmed.

An 18-year-old died yesterday in a Newcastle university residence after being discovered unconscious. Pictured: police at the scene

Paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle - where the Park View student halls are located (pictured) - early Saturday morning

Paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle – where the Park View student halls are located (pictured) – early Saturday morning

Northumbria police were called this morning shortly after 6 a.m. by the ambulance service.

A spokesperson for Newcastle University said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of one of our students and our social work teams are offering support to those affected.

“This is unrelated to Covid and as this is an active police investigation we are unable to provide further comments at this time. “

His death came just days after 800 students tested positive for the coronavirus in Newcastle as the city was dubbed England’s new coronavirus hotspot.

Northumbria University – another of the city’s universities – has been accused of reopening the campus and causing the “preventable” public health crisis.

The 770 students in the region isolate themselves for 14 days with their roommates and relatives.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and her death is not `` related to Covid-19 '', police confirmed.  Pictured: police at the scene

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and her death is not “related to Covid-19”, police confirmed. Pictured: police at the scene

All of England's top ten coronavirus hotspots are in the North, revealing its North-South divide.  Newcastle, which contains the University of Northumbria outbreak, is on the list

All of England’s top ten coronavirus hotspots are in the North, revealing its North-South divide. Newcastle, which contains the University of Northumbria outbreak, is on the list

Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham are all locked, while Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will be locked from Sunday.  Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Darlington are open

Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham are all locked, while Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will be locked from Sunday. Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Darlington are open

Students have posted signs on their windows saying ‘Covid +’ and ‘send beer’ as authorities and city council provide them with food, laundry, cleaning materials and social assistance.

Those who will not receive face-to-face lessons during their 40s will also receive additional academic support from the university.

A spokesperson said the increase in the number of cases comes within a week of students returning to the area and “reflects good access and availability of testing as well as rigorous and robust reporting systems.”

Nearly 800 students have tested positive for the coronavirus in Newcastle as one of the UK's largest university unions accused Northumbria University of reopening the campus and causing the public health crisis 'avoidable' (In the photo, University of Northumbria students posed for photos at windows in Shieldfield when they posted signs that read 'send beer')

Nearly 800 students have tested positive for the coronavirus in Newcastle as one of the UK’s largest university unions accused Northumbria University of reopening the campus and causing the public health crisis ‘Avoidable’ (In the photo, students from the University of Northumbria posed for photos at the windows of Shieldfield when they were posted. Signs that read ‘send beer’)

Northumbria University students posed for photos at windows in Shieldfield as they put up signs saying 'send beer' as a male student smiled at onlookers

Northumbria University students posed for photos at windows in Shieldfield as they displayed signs that read ‘send beer’ as a student smiled at onlookers

They declined to say whether the outbreak took place in one residence or several private halls and apartments across Newcastle, as infections in the city have increased 60% to a rate of 250 cases per 100,000 this week.

But the University and College Union blamed the outbreak on university officials’ decision to open their campuses to students, suggesting they are responsible for the “preventable crisis.”

Secretary-General Jo Grady said: “We warned last month that given the current restrictions in the region, the direction of the infection rate and the testing and traceability issues, it was clearly far too early to a mass return to campus.

“We told Northumbria University that they have a civic duty to put the health of staff, students and the local community first, and we take no pleasure in seeing another preventable crisis unfold. The academic sector and the government must immediately tackle this public health crisis ”.

At least 50 UK universities are now facing confirmed outbreaks of Covid-19, fearing the UK’s second wave is well underway, with 1,800 cases identified among students and staff.

The University of Glasgow has seen 124 confirmed cases and 221 cases have been recorded at the University of Manchester as thousands of students tired of lockdown flocked to campuses to start the term on September 21.

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