More than 150 staff and students at York’s universities have coronavirus

York St John University. Photograph: Rob Smalley
7 Oct 2020 @ 8.11 am
| Health & fitness

New figures show that the number of students in York with coronavirus is growing – but not reaching the levels seen on campuses elsewhere in the UK.

Both University of York and York St John University have revealed higher totals in their latest updates.

At the University of York, there are now 113 individuals who are self-isolating after a positive Covid-19 test. That update was given at 4.10pm yesterday (Tuesday).

That’s an increase of 39 from the 24 hours before.

The latest update from York St John dates from Monday (5 October). At that stage, the university was aware of 46 people who had tested positive for coronavirus.

More than 50 universities in the UK have confirmed cases of Covid-19, after thousands of undergraduates returned to campus for the start of the autumn term.

Manchester University, where there have been 382 coronavirus cases since September 21, joined with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Sheffield in announcing a move to online learning to protect the health of students and staff.

Nearly 500 students and staff at Sheffield have tested positive.