More than 1000 Newcastle students have tested positive for coronavirus

The university has seen a huge rise in cases

Newcastle University has reported over 1000 new cases of students testing positive for COVID-19 in the past week, a substantial increase from 94 cases the previous week.

The university has reported 1003 cases among students and 12 staff from the 1st to 7th October. The statistics show that the week before had only 94 positive cases for students and 7 staff.

At this time we do not know how many of those reporting a positive case are experiencing symptoms.

Newcastle University UCU stated: “That’s pretty substantial, especially as we know how asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission are likely going to grow exponentially through the first bit of our increased Tier 3 levels. The damage is already done.”

This news follows the announcement from Northumbria university that 770 students have tested positive, where only 78 of these were symptomatic.

Both Newcastle and Northumbria university announced that all non-essential teaching is to be moved online as of the 8th October, as they have agreed to move to Tier 3 of the Department for Education’s guidance on the delivery of teaching, in a bid to minimise cases among students and staff.

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