More than 1000 students across Scotland are self-isolating in halls of residence following a number of coronavirus outbreaks.
At least 124 students have tested positive for Covid-19 at the University of Glasgow.
More than 600 students are now in quarantine following “two significant clusters” linked to the university’s Murano Street and Cairncross residences.
It is believed the outbreak was largely caused due to social activity at the start of freshers’ week, from September 12-14.
The university is now working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s public health team to manage the outbreak.
In Tayside, the health board is investigating a single positive case of Covid-19 and a “small number” of suspected cases linked to Parker House in Dundee, a private student accommodation.
Close contacts of the positive case – a student at Abertay University – are being contacted, however as a precaution to prevent the spread of the virus, all 500 residents staying at the halls have been told to quarantine until further contact tracing has been completed.
On Monday, the University of St Andrews confirmed more than 40 people are self-isolating after four students contacted the virus after a freshers’ week party.
These new cases brought the total at the university to seven, after three were announced last week.
In response to the initial outbreak, Principal Sally Mapstone asked students to stay within their households over the weekend and urged them “not to party, not to go to bars or restaurants, and to avoid mixing with any groups outside their own households”.
A number of students at Aberdeen University have also tested positive for Covid-19.
On Tuesday, all residents of Wavell House halls of residence within Hillhead Student Village were told to self-isolate for two weeks unless advised otherwise.
In addition, it emerged last week that public health officials were investigating a coronavirus cluster at university student accommodation in Edinburgh.
NHS Lothian said a number of people had tested positive at Napier University’s Bainfield accommodation in the Fountainbridge area of the capital.
The health board is also aware of a student testing positive for the virus at Queen Margaret University’s halls of residence.
The university said it was working closely with NHS Lothian’s health protection team and was following all national guidance.
At the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday, students were given a strong warning against house parties.
National clinical director Jason Leitch said: “We need you not to have house parties, I could not be more clear.”
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