More than 200 freshers are told to self isolate

More than 200 freshers at Cambridge University halls of residence are told to self isolate after 18 students tested positive for coronavirus

  • 233 students living at the West House have been told they must self-isolate
  • Homerton College said students must isolate following  18 positive cases   
  • The College said  the decision was based based on advice from Public Health England and information from the University’s testing programme

More than 200 freshers at Cambridge University have been told to isolate for 14 days after a Covid-19 out break on the campus. 

Homerton College said students in West House must isolate as 18 positive cases were identified  across 11 households.  

The decision  to quarantine the 233 students was based on advice from Public Health England and information from the University’s screening programme.

Students living at the  West House  accommodation  are in isolation after a Covid-19 outbreak

233 freshers of Homerton College have been told they must isolate for 14 days

In a statement  posted on their website, the College said :’Following advice from Public Health England and local public health authorities, the Collegiate University’s Incident Management Team has asked 223 students resident in West House, Homerton College to self-isolate from 9.30pm on Friday 16 October following 18 positive cases.

‘Those who are not already in self-isolation must isolate for 14 days and anyone who was already isolating must finish their 14 day period. All other areas of the University and Homerton College remain open.

‘This step has been taken based on information from the University’s rigorous testing programme, designed to detect outbreaks of infection early and allow the Collegiate University to respond rapidly.

The decision was based on information from the University’s testing programme

‘In consultation with local public health authorities, the University and the College have taken this preventative step to reduce the chance of transmission within the wider College, the University and the city.

‘The students in affected households are self-isolating, and the College has brought in additional staff over the weekend to support them. Advice on medical issues and support for mental health and wellbeing is being made available.’ 

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