Student arrives at Bristol Uni wearing hazmat suit after 300 freshers told to isolate in halls

STUDENTS have been seen arriving at covid-hit Bristol university in hazmat suits as 300 youngsters have been forced to self-isolate. 

The masked-up pair were pictured clad head-to-toe as they unloaded bags from a car as coronavirus afflicts chaos at the start of the Autumn term.

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The hazmat suited students were arriving as more than 300 students were self-isolating after 40 freshers tested positive in their accommodation. 

Almost 260 students at the university have tested positive for Covid-19 since the term began on September 30. 

Yesterday the university announced 40 new cases at its The Court student halls in the city centre.

Professor Sarah Purdy, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, said: "We know this is a stressful situation and full support is being offered to those affected. 

"Our Residential Life teams are ensuring that everyone has access to food, supplies and clean laundry which will be delivered straight to their door.

"All affected students will continue to access online teaching if they’re well enough.

"We have reminded all students that it is vitally important to observe self-isolation requirements in line with both the law and our acceptable behaviour policy. 

"If necessary, the university will take action to ensure students are following this guidance."

Bristol University shares the city with the University of the West of England (UWE), which has confirmed three coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile the University of Liverpool has become the latest to move to online-only learning.

The Office for Students (OfS) said it was monitoring universities at which significant numbers of students were required to take all of their courses online. 

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the OfS, said universities had been working hard to produce good online learning but that it was "vital that they honour the promises they made to students when they applied, and that the quality of what is on offer online remains high".

The watchdog is contacting universities when it receives notifications from students or parents that raise concerns about the quality of teaching.

Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University moved most of their teaching online this week, followed by Newcastle and Northumbria on Thursday, after a surge in coronavirus infections.

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