Figures released by Durham University show that since the start of term 1209 students have tested positive for COVID-19.
In the past seven days, there have been 958 cases of coronavirus reported amongst the student population.
We continue to communicate regularly with our staff and students, to promote expected behaviours and to reinforce key information on the Government restrictions and additional guidance in place on University campus in the interests of everybody’s health, safety and wellbeing. Our teaching and wider student experience activity continues both online and face-to-face, in Covid-secure settings.
On its website, Durham University says "the number of reported positive coronavirus cases in students and staff has been steady, with approximately 100-150 new reported cases each day."
Total reported student cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of Term 1
New reported cases of COVID-19 amongst students in last 7 days
Total reported staff cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of Term 1
Mary Foy, MP for the City of Durham said she was concerned to learn about the increasing numbers of students and university staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Durham.
The Labour MP added she would be keeping in regular contact with the university to discuss how it is dealing with this increasing number of positive cases, and how it is supporting its staff, students and the community.
It seems clear that, despite all of the good work that was done by Durham University and Public Health officials over the summer to ensure their buildings were COVID secure, the return of students has led to an increase in the number of cases in the city.
Durham University has 4,000 staff members and 20,500 students, with 2,500 of those students currently studying entirely online during the current term.
It comes as the University has invested £30,000 in the Security Community Response Team (CRT) to support local coronavirus policing.