18 students at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) have tested positive for Covid-19.
The university confirmed these cases, that were recorded between the start of term up until last Monday. With around 15,000 students currently at Christ Church, these positive tests make up around 0.12%.
It is great to see our students back on campus for a new academic year!
— Canterbury Christ Church University (@CanterburyCCUni) September 23, 2020
CCCU have made it clear about the importance of self-reporting and said: “The health and safety of our community are our most important priorities, and we’re doing all we can to ensure that our students, staff and wider communities are supported and informed.
We’ve put in new measures to promote safety on our campuses
“We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation very closely and are continuing to follow advice from the Government, and Public Health England, as well as guidance from the Department for Education and Universities UK.
“For the new academic year, we’ve put in lots of new measures to promote health and safety on our campuses. We’ve also been reinforcing messages to ensure our community take personal responsibility for their health and safety on and off campus, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”
According to a Guardian report, ‘more than 80 universities in the UK have reported at least 5000 confirmed cases’ and there has been ‘more than 1000 at the University of Manchester’.
On Friday another 13,864 UK cases were confirmed, with 87 deaths.
CCCU have put up QR code posters around campus and in the library for students to check in to help with track and trace on the NHS Covid-19 app.
Read Christ Church’s Covid-19 advice here.