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More than 220 Cambridge students told to self-isolate after 18 cases in halls

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Images of West House, Homerton College, where students have been told to self-isolate as a preventative measure after 18 cases in 11 households
Homerton College said the self-isolation order was a ‘preventative message’ (Picture: PA)

More than 220 Cambridge University freshers have been told to self-isolate for two weeks after a coronavirus outbreak at an accommodation block.

Homerton College said students in West House were told to quarantine from yesterday after 18 positive cases were identified across 11 households.

It comes after the second week of the university’s asymptomatic screening programme were published.

In a statement posted on their website last night, Homerton College said the decision to quarantine 223 students was based on advice from Public Health England and ‘information from the university’s rigorous testing programme’.

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It added: ‘This preventative step to reduce the chance of transmission within the wider College, the University and the city.

‘The students in affected households are self-isolating, and the College has brought in additional staff over the weekend to support them.

Homerton College at the University of Cambridge, where 223 students resident in West House accomodation have been asked to self-isolate from following 18 positive cases of Covid-19. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 17, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Homerton College said the decision was based on advice from Public Health England and the university’s ‘rigorous’ asymptomatic testing system (Picture: PA)

‘Advice on medical issues and support for mental health and wellbeing is being made available.’

However, a first year student at Homerton told the Tab they received an email at 9.28pm telling students that from 9.30pm they had to stay in their rooms until October 30.

The unnamed resident said students ‘had no chance’ to stock up on essentials and that they ‘still haven’t been told’ if they can use their communal kitchens or get food deliveries.

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