Coronavirus: 600 Glasgow University students self-isolating after 124 test positive in major outbreak

Chris Baynes
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At least 124 students have tested positive for coronavirus at Glasgow University (Getty Images)
At least 124 students have tested positive for coronavirus at Glasgow University (Getty Images)

More than 600 students at Glasgow University have been told to self-isolate after at least 124 tested positive for coronavirus in a major outbreak at two halls of residence.

The university said the two “significant clusters" of infections were believed to be linked to socialising around 12 and 14 September, the start of freshers’ week.

“The total number of reported cases since the start of term is 124 but the actual number is likely to be higher,” a spokesperson said.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, said earlier on Wednesday the "significant outbreak at the University of Glasgow" had impacted on the daily Covid-19 infection figure for the NHS Greater Glasgow area, where a total of 224 cases were recorded by the health board in the past day.

National clinical director Jason Leitch urged students not to attend house parties after Covid-19 were reported a several universities as infections surge across the country.

Some students at Dundee and Aberdeen universities have also been asked to self-isolate.

“We need you not to have house parties, I could not be more clear,” Prof Leitch told a daily coronavirus briefing.

The Glasgow outbreaks are linked to the university’s Murano Street and Cairncross halls of residence.

The university said it was “working closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's public health team to manage these” and was not aware of any student who received hospital treatment.