Coronavirus outbreak at University of Sheffield as 474 students and five staff test positive

A CORONAVIRUS outbreak has emerged at the University of Sheffield today.

It has been revealed 474 students and five members of staff have tested positive at the university.

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It comes as a case backlog has seen the UK's positive cases rise in the past few days.

The weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases has soared in dozens of areas of England, following the addition of nearly 16,000 cases that went unreported because of a technical error with an Excel spreadsheet.

The problem has led to a delay in efforts by NHS Test and Trace to find the contacts of those who tested positive for the virus, in some cases by around a week.

The analysis, based on Public Health England (PHE) data published on Sunday night, shows sharp rises in Sheffield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham and Leeds.

Last week youngsters from Sheffield University were seen out partying in the city.

Last night we told how universities all over the country are in the grip of a mass coronavirus outbreak as lecturers plan to strike over face-to-face teaching.

Students across Britain are stuck self-isolating in pokey flats as positive cases rise to over 2,600 youngsters and staff.

Iain Owens, University and College Union's official in the north told the Sunday Times: "This has changed everything."

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He added that Newcastle had not started face-to-face teaching yet and said: "We will be saying to them: learn the lesson from Northumbria. Do not start face-to-face teaching."

At least 56 UK universities have Covid cases.

And hundreds of students tested positive for coronavirus at Northumbria University – days after many were pictured breaking the rule of six.

Around 770 people are infected with the virus at the uni in Newcastle-upon-Tyne – although just ten per cent are showing Covid symptoms.

In the north East, the rule of six also applies with six people who live together allowed to go to the pub.

The government has outlawed all social mixing between households in indoor settings and advises against different households meeting outdoors.

It means popping round for a cuppa in a lockdown area or going to the pub with a pal you don't live with could result in a fine or criminal record.

On Sunday, another 33 Covid-related deaths were confirmed.

It means 502,978 have now tested positive for the bug in total and 42,350 have died.

Sunday's rise is almost twice Saturday's, when the number of new infections in the UK nearly doubled the previous daily record.



 

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