40 UK universities report covid-19 infections few weeks after resumption
London, Sep. 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-About 40 universities around the UK have reported cases of coronavirus with new term just beginning
The series of outbreaks and lockdowns came amid scenes of student partying in some university towns as ‘freshers’ week got underway.
The University of Aberystwyth is the latest to suspend face-to-face teaching because of Covid-19.
Thousands of students up and down the UK are already self-isolating in halls and flats, and anxious they could be forced to spend Christmas on campus away from family
Universities up and down the UK are being hit with outbreaks, forcing entire student dormitories and rentals into quarantines.
Students face yet more misery as the Government has not ruled out ordering them to remain on campus over Christmas to avoid spreading coronavirus outbreaks back to vulnerable elderly people back home.
Some have complained they were told to come to campus for lectures to begin, only to find themselves quarantined – isolating alone in their bedrooms, and washing their laundry in sinks.
At Manchester Metropolitan University just like others, all classes for first year and foundation year students will be online for the next 14 days.
At the University of Essex a cluster of cases has been linked to sports teams.
The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has soared by more than 4,000 in the past 24 hours, the Government has said.
New figures show that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 4,044 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, taking the overall number of cases confirmed to 439,013.
The Government also said a further 13 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday. This brings the UK total to 42,001.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,600 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
It comes after the coronavirus hospital death toll in the UK rose by 10. All 10 deaths have been reported in England in the last 24 hours.
It brings the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 29,918, NHS England said on Monday.
Patients were aged between 60 and 97 and all had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between September 24 and September 27.