University of Glasgow outbreak sees at least 124 students test positive for coronavirus

University of Glasgow outbreak sees at least 124 students test positive for coronavirus

24 September 2020 11:16 am

At least 124 students staying at the University of Glasgow halls of residence have tested positive for coronavirus.

The uni have identified two 'significant' clusters of cases at the Murano Street and Cairncross sites, which are believed to be linked to freshers' week events.

Over 600 students are now self-isolating at the halls in a bid to curb transmission.

Test and trace teams are continuing their work to identify close contacts.

The announcement came after a number of cases were identified at University of Aberdeen and Abertay University halls of residence.

A University of Glasgow spokesperson told  The Herald : “We are aware of two significant clusters of positive cases of Covid-19 in our Murano Street and Cairncross residences, which we believe were largely due to social activity around September 12-14, the start of freshers’ week.

“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.”

It follows yesterday's announcement from the uni that a number of students had been confirmed as having the deadly bug.

in an email sent to students, which has been seen by The Record, bosses revealed they believe the cases were largely due to "social interactions" the weekend before last.

The uni are making sure those affected have access to enough food and supplies, as well as health and mental health services during their quarantine.

But they also issued a warning that anyone who breaks  Covid rules  risks disciplinary action or a Police Scotland fine.

Despite the confirmed cases, bosses then moved to reassure their students that their "campuses remain safe to visit and use."

It comes after Nicola Sturgeon announced a national ban on visiting other people’s homes in a bid to stem the rise of coronavirus infections.

Addressing MSPs, the First Minister extended a restriction that has been in place in the west of Scotland to the rest of the country.

She also revealed pubs, bars and restaurants have now been given a 10pm curfew.

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