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124 Students Test Positive For Covid After Freshers Week And 600 Told To Isolate

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124 Students Test Positive For Covid After Freshers Week And 600 Told To Isolate

There has been an outbreak of Covid-19 at The University of Glasgow with 124 students testing positive following freshers week events.

According to the BBC, the cases have clustered in two halls of residence in the city, at the Murano Street and Cairncross sites.

Test centre in Glasgow. Credit: PA
Test centre in Glasgow. Credit: PA

The university has said the actual number of infected students is 'likely to be higher', with 600 pupils isolating in total, and suggested social activity at the beginning of freshers week was likely responsible.

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In a statement, university officials said: "We are working closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's public health team to manage these.

"The total number of reported cases since the start of term is 124 but the actual number is likely to be higher.

"Over 600 students are isolating across all residences. We are not aware of any students who have had to receive hospital treatment."

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The statement continued: "The student households affected are self-isolating and have access to food and other supplies.

"Advice on medical issues including mental health and wellbeing is being made available. We have also increased the number of support staff liaising with our residences."

There has also been a small number of positive test results over at the University of Exeter, with 15 new cases.

This follows further reports from the BBC that hundreds of students at the Devon institution were accused of breaching social distancing at a campus cinema event on Saturday.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/uofglasgow

Topics: UK News, Coronavirus, Glasgow

Rebecca Shepherd
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