Students hold ‘Covid parties’ – only letting in those who have tested positive
Fed-up students have been holding ‘covid-positive’ parties in their halls of residence – with only those with the killer virus allowed, it is claimed.
Undergraduates at the University of Manchester are said to have held an event at the weekend.
They and students from the University of Northumbria have been confined to halls as a result of outbreaks.
One student in Manchester told the Guardian that a party had been broken up by security at a flat at the Fallowfield campus halls of residence.
The 18-year-old said: “There was a flat party a few days ago which had a policy that you could only get in if you were positive.
“It was like their health-and-safety measure.”
And one student told the newspaper: “There are always invitations flying around on WhatsApp saying stuff like: ‘Come to flat 8, we’ve all got ’Rona.’”
Last month large groups of students were pictured partying outside the halls of residence.
And a student from Northumbria University said a large number of parties had been held in halls.
Manchester University has moved to online learning after 1,041 confirmed coronavirus cases since September 21.
The university said it “strongly condemned” the “irresponsible behaviour” after being made aware of the incident.
It said it is working with police and the council to ensure coronavirus rules are kept to.
Teaching at Manchester’s two universities has now been moved online until the end of October, the Manchester Evening News first reported.
David Regan, director of public health at Manchester council, said: “This is the right thing to do and supports our approach using data and a local approach to contain outbreaks so that we reduce the possibility of further infection.
“More online teaching will protect staff, students and the wider community, which is what we want and need.
“As people will no doubt know from the news our current Covid figures are high – and in particular the rate of infection in the last seven days for our 17-21 year-old category is almost six times higher than in the rest of the community.
“Today’s announcement, plus following all our local restrictions means that we have a consistent approach.”
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