Students holding 'covid parties' where only people who test positive allowed in and boozing all day in lockdown halls

STUDENTS are holding coronavirus parties where only people who test positive are allowed in.

Freshers at the University of Manchester and Northumbria University are holding 24-hour parties despite their campuses being locked down.

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One Manchester student said those at a party at the Fallowfield halls of residence had to be broken up by security staff on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old told the Guardian: “There was a flat party a few days ago which had a policy that you could only get in if you were positive. It was like their health-and-safety measure.”

Meanwhile, a Northumbria University student told the paper that parties are very common at in their halls.

The University of Exeter this morning confirmed a number of students had been sent home after breaking coronavirus rules.


Deputy vice chancellor Prof Tim Quine said: “We never exclude anyone lightly, it is always with regret.”

And today, it was revealed that 15 students at Royal Holloway University had tested positive for the virus.

Yesterday, the University of Nottingham confirmed more than 400 students had tested positive for Covid-19 – with health officials saying they expect the city to be locked down by the government.

Figures posted on the university’s website showed 425 of its students had been diagnosed with active cases of Covid-19 during the week ending last Friday.

The figures included 226 students in private accommodation and 106 others living in halls of residence.

Eight members of staff were also classed as "active confirmed cases" over the same time frame.

More than 50 British universities have confirmed cases of the killer bug after undergraduates returned for the start of the autumn term.

We never exclude anyone lightly, it is always with regret."

University cities such as Nottingham, Sheffield and Oxford could be plunged into lockdown "in days" after missed Covid cases were counted.

It was revealed on Monday that 474 students and five members of staff at the University of Sheffield had tested positive for Covid-19.

Last month, Nottingham student Stuart Hawk admitted he was "foolish" after being fined £10,000 for throwing a house party.

The 19-year-old wrote to neighbours to apologise for a "major lapse of judgement" which led him and the five other housemates to host a 50-person party.

It comes after video footage emerged showing students dancing on tables at a wild party as cases continue to rocket on campuses across the UK.

Dozens of youngsters were filmed chanting and dancing to music at the raucous gathering in a small room.


The mass group broke the rule of six and failed to socially distance at the event last night – believed to have been filmed at Essex University.

Meanwhile, the restart of Britain's education sector has been dealt a severe blow after three of the country's largest universities shifted to online classes due to outbreaks.

Manchester University, where there have been more than 1,000 coronavirus cases since September 21, has joined with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Sheffield in announcing a move to online learning to protect the health of students and staff.

The Manchester universities said they had made the decision together in consultation with the area's director of public health, supported by Public Health England.

They added they would increase the level of online learning for most programmes from Wednesday until October 30, which would be reviewed on October 23, and face-to-face teaching would continue for some clinical or practice-based classes.

The University of Sheffield – where more than 500 students and staff have tested positive since the start of term – said face-to-face teaching would continue on Wednesday and Thursday before it is suspended from Friday, with in-person classes to resume on October 19.

The University and College Union (UCU) has welcomed the move by the Manchester universities but said virus outbreaks could have been prevented had the decision been made earlier.

In a statement, UCU north west regional officer Martyn Moss said: "It is clear the Government needs to stop pretending university campuses are well prepared for this crisis, and tell all universities to halt in-person teaching to control the spread of the virus."

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