Coronavirus Outbreak Sparks Fears As Hundreds Of Students Self-isolate

A suspected coronavirus outbreak in the halls of residence at a Scottish University has prompted fears as many students were told to self-isolate.

Hundreds of Dundee students to isolate after Covid case in halls
Dundee students/ Picture credit: ES

A suspected coronavirus outbreak in the halls of residence at a Scottish University has prompted fears as many students were told to self-isolate.

Hundreds of students have been asked to self-isolate as NHS Tayside is contacting investigations of a single positive coronavirus case and few other suspected cases linked to Parker House in Dundee.

In order to curb the spread, all 500 residents of the accommodation have been told to self-isolate until the contact tracing process is complete. All those who had social contact with the positive case, who is a student of Abertay University are being contacted.

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At the beginning of the month, students across Scotland had returned to campuses, following the lifting of some coronavirus restrictions and the application of social distancing and safety measures at campuses.

Dr Daniel Chandler, NHS Tayside’s associate director of public health, said: “We know from outbreaks in other university settings across Scotland that the virus can spread very quickly in student accommodation.
“Therefore, as a precautionary measure, we are contacting all residents of Parker House and advising them to self-isolate immediately.”

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University officials had reassured residents in Durham that the influx of new and returning students will be closely monitored to keep the community safe. Abertay University officials have urged students to book for tests as soon as they began to show coronavirus symptoms.

Prof Nigel Seaton, principal of Abertay University, said, “Our students in Parker House are being supported to self-isolate safely and we will remain in regular daily contact with them.The university already has enhanced cleaning and safety measures in place on campus, in line with national guidance, and the campus will remain open.”

Scotland`s Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the Test and Protect system was “working well” as more than 90% of people who have had social contact with positive cases are being traced.

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