770 Northumbria University students test positive for coronavirus days after teens pictured breaking rule of six
HUNDREDS of students have tested positive for coronavirus at a Newcastle-upon-Tyne university – days after youngsters were picturing breaking the rule of six.
Around 770 people are infected with the virus at Northumbria Uni – although just ten per cent are showing symptoms.
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It's believed to be the single-largest outbreak in the UK.
The university is based in the heart of Newcastle, and on Wednesday night, the city centre was packed with revellers – many who admitted they were flouting coroanvirus guidelines.
Drinkers were spotted flooding into pubs and bars despite the North East being near coronavirus breaking point.
A spokesperson for the university today 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."
But young people have openly admitted flouting the new rules to get around the social ban.
Bethany Melvin, 22, partied with a group of her girlfriends.
She told The Sun Online: "I want to play out and I want to do what I want to do.
"It's not very nice for us as me and my friends live at different ends of the city.
"We went into Revolution de Cuba and they asked us if we were in the same household but we obviously lied."
Eve Drury, 21, from Gateshead, said: "I just don't think a lot of the new rules make sense either.
"It's our friend's birthday so we're not following the rules to miss that.
"I just think places want business, and they aren't really going to be bothered about much else.”
It comes after Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty warned that the North East had seen a “rapid increase” in infections – despite large swathes being under local lockdown.
He also said there was a "significant uptick in the number of people entering intensive care”.
The region has recorded 940 cases per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic – which equates to around 25,097 cases, according to data from Public Health England.
And as of midnight people living in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland face £200 fines for socialising indoors with loved ones who live outside of their household.
It comes as students across the country are confined to halls amid large-scale outbreaks of the virus.
One superspreader has been blamed for an entire university's outbreak after 32 new infections were linked to a house party in Swansea.
All of the uni's cases have been traced back to a gathering attended by just one infected person, it has been revealed.
Hundreds of cases have been reported across 30 sites, forcing students to be isolated in areas rife with the virus.
Manchester's Metropolitan University has been particularly badly hit, with 1,700 students trapped after 127 infections.
In Glasgow, angry students self-isolating inside halls at Murano Street Student Village put messages in their windows.
And this week, hundreds of students were filmed gathering at a late-night party in Coventry.
At least 200 students were videoed climbing on top of ping pong tables and raving at Arundel House, close to Coventry University's main campus.
The University and College Union called the situation “the latest catastrophe in a week where wholly predicted Covid outbreaks have caused havoc on campuses across the UK”.
General secretary Jo Grady said: “We warned of the problems with moving thousands of students across the country.
“The time has come for urgent action to protect staff and students.”
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