St Andrews University: Four students test positive for coronavirus and 40 self-isolating after illegal Freshers’ Week party

The Scottish university urges students to continue observing a ‘voluntary lockdown’ introduced over the weekend after four students test positive for coronavirus.

Monday, 21st September 2020, 11:08 am

Four students have tested positive for Covid-19 at the University of St Andrews – and more than 40 are in self-isolation following an illegal Freshers’ Week party in a hall of residence.

On Friday, Scotland’s oldest university asked its students to enter a voluntary weekend lockdown by staying in their rooms and not partying or going to bars.

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The new cases bring the total at the university to seven, after three were announced last week.

Four students at the University of St Andrews have contracted coronavirus after a freshers’ week party in a hall of residence.
Four students at the University of St Andrews have contracted coronavirus after a freshers’ week party in a hall of residence.

In a message to students, University of St Andrews principal Professor Sally Mapstone said: “I am sorry to say that last night, four new positive cases were confirmed amongst our students.

“This is in addition to the three sporadic cases which I had notified to you all previously.

“All have comparatively mild illness and are being appropriately supported.”

She added: “These new cases of Covid were acquired in St Andrews and are all linked to one party in a hall of residence in freshers’ week.

“Over 40 students are now in enforced isolation as a result.

“Quite apart from the fact that the party broke the law, and our own very clear guidelines on socialising and safe behaviour, the ripples from this single incident have consequences for all of us.

“Please do not arrange or attend parties unless they are only attended by your immediate household group”.

Despite the new cases, the university will restart some activities cancelled over the weekend, including “most sport, training activities and the gym”.

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