A “significant” coronavirus outbreak at the University of Glasgow has led to 124 incidents since the start of the new week and 600 students have become self-isolated on campus amid warnings that the rules are being violated.
A university spokesman said the actual number of infections was likely to be higher, identifying two clusters in the Murano Street and Kyrakross residences, which were associated with social activity from September 12-14 at the start of the new week.
The university said: “We are working closely with the public health team at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to manage these. Affected student families are self-isolated and have access to food and other supplies.
“Medical advice, including mental health and wellness, is being offered. We have also increased the number of support staff by contacting our residences. “
The university further said that environmental health teams visited the dwellings on Wednesday and reported that there are robust procedures.
“Disciplinary action against students who violate the rules will include termination of student housing contracts and dismissal from the university,” the statement said.
Lots of outbreaks spread across Scotland as students began their term.
NHS Tyside has confirmed that it is investigating a single positive covid case and a number of suspected cases involving Parker House, a private student accommodation in Dundee, where all 500 residents have been asked to self-destruct until further contact is sought.
Four students tested positive in a cluster at St Andrews University that was associated with an illegal fresher’s Week party in the residential halls of the northeastern city of Fifa. Last Friday, its principal, Professor Sally Mapstone, asked all students to volunteer to go on weekly leave after a nationwide case arose.
University students have once again been fined for violating coronavirus guidelines after news of a social gathering outside Hillhead Student Village was linked to another cluster, with 722 residents self-isolated.
At a Scottish Government briefing on Wednesday, Clinical Director Jason Leach told students: “We need to not party at your house, I can’t be clean anymore.”
He told those who were asked to self-isolate that they had it “important” for the whole 14 days.
“Both we and your country understand how difficult the demand is,” Leach said.
“It means you have to stay in your own house and not go out for any reason, not even to buy food and other necessities. The college or university can help you with advice and direction and provision. “
He told them to keep two meters away from those with whom they were living, to clean shared toilets and kitchens, not to share towels and clothes, and to sleep alone.
Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon emphasized that the outbreak was not the fault of the students, but added: “I know that most of you are already doing the right thing. I want to recognize how tough I am and I want to thank you for that. “
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