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A major coronavirus outbreak has been confirmed at Northumbria University as hundreds of students test positive.

Northumbria University is facing a crisis after over 700 students tested positive for coronavirus. The Newcastle University has confirmed the students are now self-isolating alongside their housemates.

A spokesperson for the university said: “As of Friday October 2, we can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for Covid-19, of whom 78 are symptomatic.

“These students are all now self-isolating. Their flatmates and any close contacts are also self-isolating for 14 days in line with government guidance and have been advised to contact NHS119 to book a test as soon as possible should symptoms appear.”

The University has warned that students who break the coronavirus rules might face fines, final warnings or expulsion.

Students who are now confined to halls of residence will continue to learn remotely. Extra support will be available to students if they miss some face-to-face tuition.

The university said it was supporting those affected by providing food and other essential items. It is also offering welfare support from its wellbeing teams.

Councillor Irim Ali said the city and university had gone to “incredible lengths” to create COVID-secure environments for students but “sadly, a small number of students are undermining these efforts”.

She added: “While work continues to control ongoing outbreaks, we need all students to comply with the regulations and guidance. If we are to beat the virus, we need a collective effort.”

The university is among more than 50 institutions to have confirmed coronavirus cases in recent weeks, as thousands of students return to campuses.

By comparison, Glasgow University has 124 confirmed cases and there have been 221 recorded at the University of Manchester.  Global247News Twitter

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