More than 1,200 students and staff test positive for Covid at Leeds University

More than 1,200 students and staff have now tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Leeds - amid a big drop in new cases.

Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 3:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 3:28 pm

The university has published its fourth batch of weekly figures online in what it says is a 'bid to improve transparency' about transmission rates at the university.

The latest figures show that 91 new Covid-19 cases were reported between October 19 and October 25.

Of those, 72 are students and 18 are members of staff - plus a single case defined as 'Other' (EG contractor).

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A total of 1,224 people at the University of Leeds have now tested positive for the virus.

The university was later informed of an additional 22 cases during a previous period, bringing last week's total to 144 new cases.

The university, which is home to 38,000-plus students and 9,200-plus staff, now publishes the figures weekly.

The University of Leeds said the health and safety of staff and students is its "absolutely priority" and it is publishing the weekly data to ensure it is "as clear and transparent as possible."

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