A Newcastle University academic believes as many as 10,000 college students could at present have Covid-19.
There have been over 1,750 confirmed instances on the prestigious college previously fortnight.
However, main regulation lecturer Lillian Edwards suspects there “should be way more” present instances among the many college’s 23,000-plus college students.
Replying to a tweet which claimed 1,770 college students and employees have been at present self-isolating after testing, Prof Edwards wrote: “It should be way more college students than that who will not be reporting through (the) uni web site.
“Most aren’t, they’re simply isolating, some aren’t even getting assessments. I’d say 1/2 to 2/3 the uni from my tutees as a pattern.
“That’s, oh, let’s name it an excellent 10,000?”
The tweet seems to have since been deleted.
Despite a number of requests for remark, the college has but to concern a response.
On Thursday, it emerged that one other 880 instances had been linked to employees and college students at each Newcastle and Northumbria universities within the seven days ending October 14.
However, the overwhelming majority that week – 749 – have been at Newcastle. 11 employees additionally examined optimistic.
Council officers consider town’s sky-high an infection charge has been closely inflated by outbreaks involving town’s college students.
Many of the worst-hit components of town have massive scholar populations, such as Heaton, Sandyford and town centre.
Nationally, areas the place no less than 1 / 4 of residents are college students have been hit hardest in latest weeks. Thousands of instances have been linked to universities throughout the North of England, together with Manchester and Nottingham.
At Newcastle, motion has been taken to try to cut back the virus spreading, maybe most notably by shifting nearly all courses on-line.
However, town’s worrying an infection charge has left the North East teetering getting ready to even tighter restrictions.
On Friday, the area was given a one week keep of execution with the intention to flip the tide of infections round, and keep away from being positioned in Tier Three – which could see pubs closed.
ChronicleLive contacted Prof Edwards to additional make clear her tweet. She has not responded.
Her profile states she’s the Chair in Law, Innovation and Society on the college.