Coronavirus breaks out at Glasgow University as 124 students test positive

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A huge coronavirus outbreak at a UK university has led to 124 positive tests.

More than 600 pupils have been told to self-isolate at the University of Glasgow.

The university added they suspect the "actual number is likely to be higher".

The outbreak has been blamed on social activity during Freshers' week, reports GlasgowLive.

A spokesman for Glasgow University said: “We are aware of two significant clusters of positive cases of Covid-19 in our Murano Street and Cairncross residences, which we believe were largely due to social activity around September 12-14, the start of freshers’ week.

“We are working closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s public health team to manage these.

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

“Over 600 students are isolating across all residences.

“We are not aware of any students who have had to receive hospital treatment.”

The spokesman added: "Disciplinary action against any students who break the rules will include termination of student accommodation contracts and suspension from the University."

500 people living in student accommodation in Dundee have also been told they must self-isolate after a case at Abertay University.

Professor Nigel Seaton, principal of Abertay University, said: "The university already has enhanced cleaning and safety measures in place on campus, in line with national guidance, and the campus will remain open."

Dr Daniel Chandler, associate director of public health, added: "We know from outbreaks in other university settings across Scotland that the virus can spread very quickly in student accommodation."

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