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Students spill out onto streets at 10pm as curfew cuts short boozy night out
September 30, 2020
Students from the University of Portsmouth enjoyed a wild time on the town after the coronavirus restrictions cut short their night.
Youngsters were pictured spilling out onto the street after the 10pm pub and bar curfew kicking in, with many seen heading straight to Tesco or Sainsbury's to take booze home.
Freshers had earlier enjoyed a Tuesday night out on the town in bars and pubs in the city's Guildhall Walk.
But it comes as coronavirus outbreaks wreak havoc across the UK.
It comes after the university's vice-chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith revealed Portsmouth has spent "millions" to avoid a coronavirus outbreak.
As of Thursday last week, Portsmouth Uni had 13 positive cases of coronavirus.
There have been a number of coronavirus outbreaks at British universities with at least 45 learning institutions reporting confirmed Covid-19 cases and another two with suspected cases.
More than 865 coronavirus cases have been identified among students and staff since universities reopened while the total number of people self-isolating has risen above 3,540.
The biggest outbreaks have seen 127 cases confirmed at Manchester Metropolitan University, 172 cases at the University of Glasgow and 120 at Edinburgh Napier University.
Government coronavirus guidelines now prohibit people from meeting in groups of more than six people while all pubs, bars and restaurants have to close at 10pm in a bid to bring down the rising infection rate.
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There are fears that the pub curfew will lead to more illegal house parties, with people stocking up on booze in supermarkets and off licences after last orders.
Before the university year started students were warned against holding and attending wild freshers week parties.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said: "Many university students are in the age bracket where we have seen the infection rates rise recently.
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"My message to students is simple: 'Please, for the sake of your education and your parents' and your grandparents' health, wash your hands, cover your face, make space and don't socially gather in groups of more than six, now and when term starts".
But some students have not followed the advice.
Up to 200 students from Coventry University are believed to have gathered for a party, flouting coronavirus restrictions.
The university is "deeply concerned" over a video of the party and condemned the "blatant breaches" of rules.
And an outbreak at Swansea University which led to 32 positive cases has been blamed on a single house party attended by one infected person.