Major outbreak at Northumbria University as 770 students test positive

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Northumbria University says 770 students have tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson said: “As of Friday October 2, we can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for COVID-19, of whom 78 are symptomatic.

“These students are all now self-isolating.

“Their flatmates and any close contacts are also self-isolating for 14 days in line with government guidance and have been advised to contact NHS119 to book a test as soon as possible should symptoms appear.”