University of Sheffield coronavirus contact tracing hailed a success as new cases plummet

A contact tracing service set up by the University of Sheffield has been hailed a success, with the number of new cases plummeting.

Sunday, 8th November 2020, 11:05 am

The service was set up two weeks ago to curb the spread of Covid-19 at the university, where at the peak in early October more than 100 new cases were recorded in a single day.

Andrew Lee, a reader in public health at the university, yesterday said it was ‘functioning well’."Over 90% cases contacted within 24h of notification & their contacts by next day. 100% on some days! Many thanks to students & staff for their cooperation & civic-mindedness to keep our community safe,” he added.

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The number of new Covid-19 cases at the University of Sheffield has fallen dramatically

In the four days to November 5, another 31 staff and students at the university out of around 37,000 tested positive for coronavirus.