There are now 1,770 positive Covid cases at Newcastle Uni
11 more staff members have tested positive
Newcastle University has had 760 new positive cases of coronavirus in the last week.
The University announced 749 new student cases and 11 new staff cases this week, meaning there are now over 1,770 total positive cases currently self-isolating at the University.
NEW: 749 further Newcastle Uni students, and 11 more staff, have reported a positive test for Covid-19 in the last week. That means in total Newcastle Uni has 1,770 positive cases self-isolating at present
— Chris Stokel-Walker (@stokel) October 15, 2020
Newcastle University has decided to temporarily move to Tier 3 of the Department for Education’s guidance on the delivery of teaching during the COVID-19 outbreak. Done in an effort to reduce spread, Tier 3 means that all programmes will be delivered online except for degrees where in-person sessions are essential.
This comes in addition to the 1,389 students at Northumbria University who had tested positive as of last week who are currently self-isolating. However, of the 800 cases announced two weeks ago at Northumbria, only 80 were symptomatic. It has not been announced how many cases at Newcastle are asymptomatic.
The city of Newcastle is currently only on Tier 2 of regional restrictions laid out by the government a few days ago. But with this rapid spread of COVID-19 among students and staff at Newcastle and Northumbria University, experts have said that Newcastle is at risk of being put into Tier 3, with there being 498 cases per 100,000 people.