Student Says It's 'OK' For Housemates To Spread Coronavirus To Each Other
Students at Northumbria University claim that some are still going out boozing despite showing symptoms of the coronavirus.
On Friday, the university said a whopping 770 students have tested positive for Covid-19 with hundreds more being told to isolate.
Rules in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland mean that it's against the law to socialise inside with anyone who doesn't live in the same household.
Those found breaking the rules could be hit with a £200 fine.
But not everyone has been following the rules, with one student claiming she knew people who were still going out and drinking while having symptoms.
She told The Sun: "To be honest I am not surprised that Newcastle is the number one hotspot in the country.
"I do know that some students have symptoms but they are still going out, which isn't great.
"The bars shut at 10pm, so obviously people are going to get together in flats afterwards."
Another student told the news outlet that she and her housemates had the virus a few weeks ago, but that it was no worse than a hangover, adding that it was 'OK' to spread it to each other.
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She said: "My house had coronavirus a few weeks ago. We all had to isolate.
"None of us had any real symptoms. Some of us were thinking, 'Is this the virus or are we just hungover?'
"I just want to get on with everything because we know this doesn't really affect us.
"It's OK for us to spread it between ourselves."
However, not everyone was flouting the rules.
One student said 'most students' were doing as they were told and that 'everyone is trying their best to be safe', before adding that the university is doing 'everything they can'.
In a statement on Friday, a Northumbria University spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for Covid-19, of whom 78 are symptomatic.
"These students are all now self-isolating.
"Their flatmates and any close contacts are also self-isolating for 14 days in line with government guidance and have been advised to contact NHS119 to book a test as soon as possible should symptoms appear."
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