Leeds University has had over 500 staff and students test positive for COVID-19 since the start of term on 28th September, according to BBC. The news comes as earlier this week almost 500 students in Sheffield University were said to have tested positive as well.
More than half of the cases are shown to have been reported since the beginning of October according to the latest figures. Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor, has said that the university is working with the city council and the NHS.
She said, “We are acutely aware that behind each number is an individual with their own needs and concerns, and ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone is our absolute priority.
“This is a difficult time for our students and their families and friends, our staff, and the community that we work and live in. We are all aware that our city is seeing rising transmission rates and is subject to extra restrictions.”
The University of Leeds, located in the city centre, has more than 38,000 and 9,200 staff. The university has said that many courses are still taught face-to-face “where it is safe, practicable and is advantageous or necessary to do so.”