Sheffield universities report more than 1,700 Covid-19 cases

Sheffield’s two universities have reported more than 1,700 confirmed cases of Covid-19 between them, according to the latest figures.

Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 12:30 pm

At Sheffield Hallam University, 422 students and 13 members of staff tested positive between Monday, October 5, and Sunday, October 11.

The latest figure means the institution has recorded 764 positive cases since the autumn term began.

New updated figures are to be published every Monday on the university website, covering each preceding two-week rolling period.

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Sheffield Hallam University said: “Our system is based on self-reporting from students and staff. Where it later transpires that a student did not have a positive test, the university has removed that student from our list of cases. This has led to a reduction of seven cases in the w/c 28 September figures.”

The University of Sheffield, however, said it will release figures on a daily basis with data compiled from the previous day.

The latest figures show that the institution recorded 56 new student cases on Monday, October 12.

Currently, 960 students and 12 members of staff at the University of Sheffield have tested positive for Covid-19 – a total of 972 overall.

In an announcement last Monday, Sheffield Hallam said it would be increasing “the proportion of online teaching” for two weeks as a precautionary measure following the spike in coronavirus cases in Sheffield.

The University of Sheffield has also temporarily suspended all face-to-face teaching, with the exception of clinical teaching, until Monday, October 19 in response to an “increase in Covid-19 cases in the city and within our university community.”

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