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Only six Covid-19 cases at University of Cambridge - compared to 234 a fortnight ago





Only six confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded at the University of Cambridge in the latest week of testing - compared to 52 the previous week and a record 234 cases a fortnight ago.

The figures came as lockdown restrictions proved successful at reducing infection rates in Cambridge and across Cambridgeshire.

The latest figures, for the week of November 23-29, showed five students and one member of staff had tested positive. More students were screened during the week than ever before - 9,329, compared to 4,138 the previous week.

There were 92 tests of symptomatic individuals at the two dedicated university testing pods, which led to just three positive results.

The other three infections were found via asymptomatic testing, which pools students into groups.

Senate House
Senate House

The university has 12,605 staff members and about 23,000 students.

The previous low was in the first week of term, October 5-11, when 34 cases were identified.

The latest Public Health England figures for the week to November 25 showed all local authority areas in Cambridgeshire recorded a fall in infection rates. Only neighbouring Peterborough recorded a rise.

Cambridgeshire will enter Tier 2 when lockdown lifts on Wednesday December 2 and health officials will be hoping that helps infection rates stay low ahead of the planned easing of restrictions for a period at Christmas.

Tier 2 restrictions
Tier 2 restrictions

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