Newcastle University sees 'substantial' drop in COVID-19 cases

After students have settled in at university, cases in Newcastle have seen a drastic drop

Alex Gervas
7th November 2020
COVID-19 cases have drastically dropped in Newcastle and Northumbria University in the past week

As England’s cases rise and the government imposes a second lockdown, Newcastle has maintained the number of cases for the past 15 days, after showing an overall drop in cases at the end of last month.

Cases have been steadily decreasing since September, suggesting that the spike in cases was due to students returning to university. Now that students are settled, cases have drop drastically in the past 15 days.  

After two major outbreaks at both Newcastle and Northumbria University, the last reports from the institutions tally up to 208 cases among both staff and students. This is compared to the 318 from October 8-14.  

A University spokesperson told The Chronicle: “This is a substantial fall in new reported cases over three consecutive weeks”.

“We feel confident that we have appropriate measures in place to protect us all while we are on campus and to reduce the potential for transmission in our community.”

“We are reminding our students and staff that we can help keep each other keep safe by following the guidelines and to remember the hand, face and space message.”

Newcastle City Council reports 895 new cases in the past week, with 935 more cases at ‘alternative addresses’.

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