Over 1,000 Newcastle University students test positive for coronavirus

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More than 1,000 Newcastle University students have tested positive for coronavirus in the last week, the university has confirmed.

The university, which has 28,000 students, said 1,003 tested positive between October 1 and October 7.

Of the 6,500 employees at the university, 12 members of staff also had a positive test result.

Newcastle University said it expected to see the rise in cases in light of soaring daily coronavirus figures released by the Department of Health.

A spokesman said the institution feels confident it has "appropriate measures" in place to protect those enrolled at the university, as well as the wider Newcastle community.

In a statement, Newcastle University said: "This data represents students and staff within Newcastle city with the overwhelming majority of cases from social and residential settings.

"We expected to see cases rise in light of the increase in cases both locally and nationally and all HE institutions have to manage this on an ongoing basis.

"We feel confident that we have appropriate measures in place to protect us all while we are on campus and to reduce the potential for transmission in our community.

"We are reminding our students and staff that we can help keep each other keep safe by following the guidelines and to remember the hand, face and space message."

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