Sunderland University confirms 13 new Covid cases taking total up to 137

Sunderland University has confirmed it has had 13 new coronavirus cases in the past week, taking the total number up to 137.

In the past seven days to October 21, nine students and four members of staff at the University of Sunderland have tested positive for the virus.

Last week, a spokesperson for the university confirmed there were 124 cases and said that while numbers across the UK are concerning, there has been a “relatively slow growth” in numbers within its community.

These new cases in the past week now take the total up to 137.

In a previous statement, the spokesperson said: “We are proactively and regularly monitoring and managing the situation with local and national public health experts and taking appropriate action where required.

“We continue to communicate regularly with our staff and students, to promote expected behaviours and to reinforce key information on the Government restrictions and additional guidance in place on university campus in the interests of everybody’s health, safety and wellbeing.

“Our teaching and wider student experience activity continues both online and face-to-face, in Covid-secure setting.”

Outbreaks have been reported at universities across the North East, including Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham.

An outbreak at Durham University saw almost 1,000 students and staff members test positive within one week.

A total of 958 students and six members of staff tested positive in the week leading up to October 14.

It comes after Newcastle saw a similar spike in cases in the area when students returned to Newcastle and Northumbria universities.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland