Two significant coronavirus clusters at University of Glasgow

At least 124 students have tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 600 are self-isolating across the university's residencies.

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At least 124 students have tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Glasgow.

The total number of Covid-19 cases is expected to be much higher as the university, located in the West End of the city, is dealing with “two significant clusters”.

More than 600 students are self-isolating across all the university’s residencies.

A spokesman for the University of Glasgow said: “We are aware of two significant clusters of positive cases of Covid-19 in our Murano Street and Cairncross residences, which we believe were largely due to social activity around September 12-14, the start of freshers’ week.

“We are working closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s public health team to manage these.

“The total number of reported cases since the start of term is 124 but the actual number is likely to be higher.

“We are not aware of any students who have had to receive hospital treatment.”

The news comes after the Scottish Government issued a warning to students not to have house parties.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and National Clinical Director Jason Leitch have urged students to make sacrifices during the country’s fight against coronavirus.

It comes as hundreds of students have been told to self-isolate amid suspected outbreaks at a number of universities across Scotland.

Hundreds of students have been ordered to self-isolate following a suspected Covid-19 outbreak at halls of residence in Dundee.

NHS Tayside’s health protection team 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.

Meanwhile, a number of students at Aberdeen University have also tested positive for Covid-19.

All residents of Wavell House halls of residence within Hillhead Student Village have been told to self-isolate for two weeks unless advised otherwise.

It also 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.

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