Nearly 1,000 Durham University students and staff test positive for coronavirus
Nearly 1,000 staff and students at Durham University have tested positive for coronavirus in just one week.
A total of 958 students and six members of staff tested positive in the week leading up to October 14.
The figures of infection have shot up from the previous seven days in which 222 students and staff had tested positive for the virus.
Since the start of term, Durham University has racked up a total number of 1,220 coronavirus cases, eleven of them being staff.
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The top university released the figures as part of its weekly Covid-19 update based on reports by students or staff through its own system.
It comes as 800 students living at the institute's St Mary's and Collingwood College were told to quarantine following a spike in cases.
A spokesman for the university said: "Over the last 7 days, the number of reported positive coronavirus cases in students and staff has been steady, with approximately 100-150 new reported cases each day.
"We are proactively and regularly monitoring and managing the situation with local and national public health experts and taking appropriate action where required.
"We have proactively managed the two significant outbreaks we have faced, in two of our colleges – St Mary's College and Collingwood College – by introducing new measures for our students living in those colleges.
"Working with Durham County Council's Public Health Team, these measures were put in place on Thursday (October 8) to limit movement of students within these colleges to further restrict the spread of coronavirus.
"The new measures are in addition to the current Government restrictions.
"We continue to communicate regularly with our staff and students, to promote expected behaviours and to reinforce key information on the Government restrictions and additional guidance in place on university campus in the interests of everybody's health, safety and wellbeing.
"Our teaching and wider student experience activity continues both online and face-to-face, in Covid-secure setting."
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