University of York confirms coronavirus cases – as video raises concerns over social distancing

The University of York today confirmed a “very small number” of coronavirus cases.

And it comes after a video emerged of a group of students gathering outside an accommodation block, sparking concerns over social distancing.

The university has not revealed how many positive cases have been recorded among students and staff.

But in a response that echoed the statement from York St John University yesterday, it says the number is in single figures, the cases are unconnected and do not constitute an outbreak.

A spokesperson said students are receiving support and close contacts have been identified and are isolating.

They said: “We continue to follow the latest public health and government advice to support a safe return to teaching and learning.

“We have been meticulously planning for the new term and we continue to work with our partners across the city to help York be a safe place to work, study and visit.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of staff, students and the wider community continues to come first.”

A spokesperson for the university has also expressed disappointment after a video emerged on social media of a group of students appearing to gather without following the rule of six and social distancing guidelines outside a campus accommodation block.

They said: “Students are clearly reminded of their responsibilities on and off campus, including advice on how to remain safe, healthy and respectful of others.”