Almost 400 students and staff isolating after 160 test positive

More than 160 people have tested positive for coronavirus at Queen’s University in Belfast.

The outbreak during the first two weeks of term has forced 388 staff and students into isolation, the BBC reports.

A university spokesperson said evidence from contact tracers suggests the virus spread ‘in social or accommodation settings as oppose to elsewhere on the campus’.

It comes as the university said it would be investigating a video that appears to show students dancing to Rock The Boat in the Elms student village.

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There are about 25,000 students at the university, which has put safety measures in place and made many students take their degree courses online.

A surge in cases in recent weeks has led to thousands of students having to self-isolate in their halls at universities across the UK, including Northumbria, Manchester Metropolitan, Nottingham and Glasgow.

At least 770 students at Northumbria University in Newcastle have tested positive in what is believed to be the single-largest outbreak in the UK.

More than 400 students and eight staff members at the University of Nottingham have tested positive, although the university said this figure is higher because it has its own asymptomatic testing programme.

There have been more than 200 cases at the University of Sheffield, while 177 University of Liverpool staff and students have tested positive.

A recent survey suggested at least 56 universities in the UK have confirmed Covid-19 cases.

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