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Manchester students among hundreds told to isolate amid coronavirus outbreaks


Hundreds of university students in Manchester have been told to isolate after 127 of them tested positive for the coronavirus.

Some 1,700 students at the Birley campus and Cambridge Halls at Manchester Metropolitan University have been told to stay in their rooms for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.

It comes after students in Scotland were told to avoid pubs, after virus outbreaks forced hundreds into isolation at universities including Glasgow and Edinburgh Napier.

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At least 32 universities in the UK have confirmed coronavirus cases, and another one has suspected cases.

More than 510 cases have been identified among students and staff since universities reopened, according to data collected by Sky News up to 25 September.


In Manchester, the University and College Union said the incident was "the latest catastrophe in a week where wholly predictable – and predicted – COVID-19 outbreaks have caused havoc on campuses across the UK".

General secretary Jo Grady said: "We warned last month of the problems with moving thousands of students across the country and the time has come for urgent action from ministers and universities to protect staff and students.

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