Breaking News: Virus ‘Outbreak’ at Scottish University Puts 500 students in Isolation

A coronavirus outbreak has forced 500 students linked to Parker House into self-isolation at Abertay University in Dundee in Scotland.

NHS Tayside’s Health ‘track and trace’ Protection Team revealed a small number of suspected cases are also linked to the private student accommodation at the Scottish University.

Dr Daniel Chandler, Associate Director of Public Health said, quote: “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. Further investigation and contact tracing are continuing and we will review this advice in the coming days. It is really important that any residents who develop symptoms book a test as soon as possible.”

Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal of Abertay University, said, quote: “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. We have contacted students and staff to remind them of their personal responsibilities in relation to COVID safety and to inform them of today’s changes in Scottish Government guidance.”

More outbreaks across Scottish universities

Students in the Scottish University in Dundee aren’t the only ones affected by fresh outbreaks. The University of Glasgow said, “a number” of students staying at uni halls are self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. A number of Aberdeen University students have also tested positive for Covid-19. All residents at Wavell House halls of residence in the Hillhead Student Village have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days

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