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Coronavirus: Positive cases among Dundee students rise again

Parker House
Parker House

The number of positive cases of Covid-19 in a pair of students residences in Dundee has risen to 96.

NHS Tayside has confirmed there are now 72 positive cases at Parker House and a further 24 at Abertay University’s Meadowside Halls.

On Monday, there were 68 and 16, respectively.

A statement released by the health authority read: “Due to the higher risk of transmission of the virus in large shared student accommodation, all residents of Parker House are self-isolating.

“The isolation period will be for a maximum of 14 days but the IMT will review, in light of test results, if this can be reduced for some individuals.”

All students have been offered testing and support.

At Meadowside, cases and contacts have been told to self-isolate and testing kits have been delivered.

The statement revealed NHS Tayside‚Äôs Public Health Team is still investigating and undertaking contact tracing for a “small number of cases related to other university/college accommodation settings in Dundee.”

Dr Daniel Chandler, Associate Director of Public Health and chair of the IMT said: “We are continuing to work closely with our colleagues to monitor this ongoing situation and to ensure there is support in place for students should they need it. There have been no reports of positive cases experiencing serious illness or complications.

“Contact tracing is continuing and I would encourage all students who develop symptoms to self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible.

“I would also urge students who test positive to provide us with feedback on their most recent contacts as soon as possible. This information will help our contact tracing efforts to track and limit the spread of the virus.

“I would like to once again thank the student population of Tayside for their continued support and understanding at this time.”