Swansea Uni coronavirus outbreak linked to house party with 32 positive cases

A coronavirus outbreak at S wansea University has been linked back to a house party attended by one infected person.

At the university, 32 people have tested positive for the deadly bug and all were linked to the gathering, according to the university's registrar.

This comes despite warnings students risk being kicked off their course if they are caught flouting lockdown rules, reports Wales Online

However, as the cases have not been linked to the campus, the university has not had to bring in stricter measures, unlike Manchester University, where students are restricted to their halls.

So far, six warnings have been given to students who have been caught breaching the rules.

Andrew Rhodes, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Swansea University, said: “What we have seen on coronavirus is that almost all of the cases stem from before the main arrival of the students.

“Cases are stemming from the same party.

“One infected person who came from outside the area caused the transmission of the virus.

“In terms of all those who had positive test results, there were 32 – all of those students were from a particular party.”

He added: “We have seen a reasonable amount of cases but we have had no cases within hall of residents or on the campus.

“We’ve had no cases on the campus at all, it’s all been in private accommodation.

“The vast majority are connected to the same event on September 12 when there was a cluster of parties.

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“In line with Covid restrictions we cannot be having gatherings or parties you can only be with those in your house or flat bubbles.

“There are some students who have enjoyed themselves more than they should have done but the vast majority have been brilliant.

“We have not needed to exclude anyone but we have issued formal warnings to students who did not heed their formal warnings.

“I met with them last week.

“We would look at suspension after they have been warned, we are hoping it does not come to that – we have to try to come to a sensible balance.

“We have issued six warnings but we have not need to issue any others.

“We have not needed to take any disciplinary action.

“We were seeing a lot of these issues when they first arrived as they have been cooped up for six months.

“The campus itself is a very secure environment.

“What we have seen with exceptions of those cases is that the numbers have been extremely low.”

The situation has led Mr Rhodes to send out a video warning to graduates over coronavirus.

Swansea University has a 23,000 strong student population, which encompasses both the Swansea Bay and the Singleton campus, of which 15,000 students are in private accommodation.

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