The University of Sunderland has seen 24 new cases of coronavirus this week bringing the total number of cases to 111.

102 students and nine staff have tested positive for the illness and are self-isolating.

The University has said that the majority of cases are centred around student accommodation.

There has now been a total of 85 cases of Covid-19 at the University of Sunderland.
There has now been a total of 85 cases of Covid-19 at the University of Sunderland.

Online teaching has been stepped up those who have been in close contact with students who tested positive will be contacted by the University.

A spokesperson for the University of Sunderland said: “As of October 7 102 students and nine staff have received a positive Covid-19 test result. All of those affected are receiving University support and cases are being managed according to public health requirements.

“The positive student cases are largely clustered in student accommodation and the vast majority of students and staff within our University community are following our ‘safe campus’ guidance. We are hugely grateful to everyone concerned for their care and the consideration being shown to others.

“As part of our detailed plans, we have a team in place seven days a week to track cases and work with local and national health officials. Staff or students who need to take action as a result of close contact with a positive case are being informed directly.

“Work to deliver timetabled teaching and support on campus is continuing, supplemented by the online teaching and assessment as set out in our hybrid teaching model.”

This comes as the University updated its student code of conduct policy to include rules on coronavirus and social distancing.

Students in breach of the students code could face disciplinary action.

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