Covid-19: Birmingham universities hit by coronavirus outbreak

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There has been a rise in positive coronavirus cases amongst university students in Birmingham with over 500 cases in total.

Birmingham City University

(Credit: Birmingham City University)

Birmingham City University (BCU) confirmed there has been a total of 160 positive cases between September 14 and October 7. 125 of the students were off campus, 33 on campus and 3 members of staff.

University of Birmingham

On Tuesday, University of Birmingham reported a total of 307 students tested positive for coronavirus between September 30 and September 6. 155 of these students where on campus two days prior to getting tested positive.

(Credit: University of Birmingham)

A University of Birmingham spokesperson told Birmingham Eastside:

The University has a robust internal track and trace system which is triggered if any student or member of staff reports that they have tested positive for COVID-19. 

For students in University accommodation, there are already arrangements in place to provide food and support to those who need to self-isolate should they be needed. While some students are self-isolating, no area of the University is in lockdown. 

Aston University

(Credit: Aston University)

Aston University has reported 59 positive cases amongst 15,000 student base and two staff members testing positive for the virus.

The positive test results came as a seven day aggregated number of reported cases.

An Aston University spokesperson said:

The staff and students affected are self-isolating in accordance with public health guidance and are being fully supported by the University.

We are continuing to monitor the situation closely, taking appropriate action as necessary.

To find out what Covid restrictions are in your local area click on the BBC’s tracker here.

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