Fears grow student Covid infections will spread into local areas in England and Wales

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(Source: The Guardian)

Covid-19 infection rates at universities in England and Wales are up to seven times higher than those in the general population locally, Guardian analysis has found, amid concern that growing student outbreaks risk spilling over into the wider community.

Sheffield University reported 588 student infections in the week ending 8 October, an infection rate of 2,028 per 100,000 population. This rate was about seven times higher than that for the city council area as a whole.

Birmingham University recorded 307 student infections in the week ending 6 October, equivalent to a rate of 1,023 per 100,000 population. This was six times higher than the rate for the local council.

Manchester University had the highest student infection rate per capita, with 1,155 cases reported in the week ending 6 October, equivalent to 2,888 per 100,000 population. This was more than five times higher than the local authority rate.

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