Students ‘going out boozing despite coronavirus symptoms’ and ‘think they’re just hungover’ at outbreak uni Northumbria

STUDENTS say they are going out boozing despite having coronavirus symptoms and think they’re just “hungover” at Northumbria University – where a whopping 770 students have caught the bug.

Groups of youngsters are still heading out on the lash in Newcastle’s city centre despite being just minutes away from the country’s largest single Covid outbreak.

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Current rules mean people living in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland face £200 fines for socialising indoors with loved ones who live outside of their household.

But giddy drinkers from the UK's hardest-hit university were last night pictured pouring out of pubs, bars and restaurants with few appearing to social distance.

Some party-goers wore masks, while others went about their Friday night as normal.

Reacting to the outbreak, Evie South, who lives in a shared flat at the university, said she knew of students who were going out despite having symptoms of the bug.

She told The Sun Online: "To be honest I am not surprised that Newcastle is the number one hotspot in the country.

"I do know that some students have symptoms but they are still going out, which isn't great.

"The bars shut at 10pm, so obviously people are going to get together in flats afterwards."

Libby Rothwell, a 19-year-old physiotherapy student added that some students even mistook their coronavirus for a hangover after boozing all night.

It's OK for us to spread it between ourselves

She said: "My house had coronavirus a few weeks ago. We all had to isolate.

"None of us had any real symptoms. Some of us were thinking, is this the virus or are we just hungover?

"I just want to get on with everything because we know this doesn't really affect us.

"It's OK for us to spread it between ourselves."

But Miliana Nikolova, a 20-year-old Business student suggested people were sticking to the rules.

She said: "I would say most students are abiding by the rules but people are becoming more fed up with the whole thing.

"Everyone is trying their best to be safe. The university is doing everything they can."

In the north East, the rule of six also applies with six people who live together allowed to go to the pub.

The government has outlawed all social mixing between households in indoor settings and advises against different households meeting outdoors.

As the Sun revealed earlier this week, it means popping round for a cuppa in a lockdown area or going to the pub with a pal you don't live with could result in a fine or criminal record.

Latest figures show the coronavirus infection rate has soared to 250.5 cases per 100,000 population in Newcastle upon Tyne – a higher rate than any other authority in the UK.

Many of the cases are among young people – with hundreds of students at the University of Northumbria testing positive for the bug but only 78 of them showing symptoms.

UNI HIT

A spokesperson for the university said on Friday: "We can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for Covid-19, of whom 78 are symptomatic.

"These students are all now self-isolating.

"Their flatmates and any close contacts are also self-isolating for 14 days in line with government guidance and have been advised to contact NHS119 to book a test as soon as possible should symptoms appear."

Students were pictured sorting care packages for those self isolating today, as welfare parcels were delivered to the university.


News of the huge outbreak came days after young people openly admitted flouting the new rules to get around the social ban.

Bethany Melvin, 22, partied with a group of her girlfriends on Wednesday.

She told The Sun Online: "I want to play out and I want to do what I want to do.

"It's not very nice for us as me and my friends live at different ends of the city.

"We went into Revolution de Cuba and they asked us if we were in the same household but we obviously lied."

Eve Drury, 21, from Gateshead, said: "I just don't think a lot of the new rules make sense either.

"It's our friend's birthday so we're not following the rules to miss that.

"I just think places want business, and they aren't really going to be bothered about much else.”

It comes after Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty warned that the North East had seen a “rapid increase” in infections – despite large swathes being under local lockdown.

He also said there was a "significant uptick in the number of people entering intensive care”.

Boris Johnson recently said the recent spike in cases across the UK could have come from the public becoming more complacent.

He said: "The nation came together in March and April.

"What happened over the summer was a bit of sort of fraying of people's discipline and attention to those rules."

The North East has recorded 940 cases per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic – which equates to around 25,097 cases, according to data from Public Health England.

Meanwhile, 6,968 more people tested positive for coronavirus in the UK on Friday – the third-highest increase ever – while 66 more people lost their lives.








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Current rules mean people living in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland face £200 fines for socialising indoors with loved ones who live outside of their household.

And today Environment Secretary George Eustice suggested restrictions in the north could get tougher, saying a decision had not yet been made on further measures in Merseyside.

He told BBC Breakfast: "I know that there are some discussions, I understand, that are going on about the situation in Liverpool, but no decisions have been taken yet.

"I am aware that discussions have been taking place about what further restrictions might be needed, I think particularly around Merseyside and Liverpool."

In the north East, the rule of six also applies with six people who live together allowed to go to the pub.

The government has outlawed all social mixing between households in indoor settings and advises against different households meeting outdoors.

As the Sun revealed earlier this week, it means popping round for a cuppa in a lockdown area or going to the pub with a pal you don't live with could result in a fine or criminal record.

Meanwhile, drinkers were last night pictured pouring out of pubs, bars and restaurants with few appearing to social distance.

Some party-goers wore masks, while others went about their Friday night as normal.

Everyone looked in high spirits and some drinkers overdid it and were picture lying on the floor laughing.

Latest figures show the coronavirus infection rate has soared to 250.5 cases per 100,000 population in Newcastle upon Tyne – a higher rate than any other authority in the UK.

Many of the cases are among young people – with hundreds of students at the University of Northumbria testing positive for the bug but only 78 of them showing symptoms.

UNI HIT

A spokesperson for the university said on Friday: "We can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for Covid-19, of whom 78 are symptomatic.

"These students are all now self-isolating.

"Their flatmates and any close contacts are also self-isolating for 14 days in line with government guidance and have been advised to contact NHS119 to book a test as soon as possible should symptoms appear."

Students were pictured sorting care packages for those self isolating today, as welfare parcels were delivered to the university.

Reacting to the outbreak, Evie South, who lives in a shared flat at the university said: "To be honest I am not surprised that Newcastle is the number one hotspot in the country.

"I do know that some students have symptoms but they are still going out, which isn't great.

"The bars shut at 10pm, so obviously people are going to get together in flats afterwards."

Libby Rothwell, a 19-year-old physiotherapy student added: "My house had coronavirus a few weeks ago. We all had to isolate.

"None of us had any real symptoms. Some of us were thinking, is this the virus or are we just hungover?

"I just want to get on with everything because we know this doesn't really affect us. It's OK for us to spread it between ourselves."

Miliana Nikolova, a 20-year-old Business student suggested people were sticking to the rules.

She said: "I would say most students are abiding by the rules but people are becoming more fed up with the whole thing.

"Everyone is trying their best to be safe. The university is doing everything they can."

FLOUT OF ORDER

News of the huge outbreak came days after young people openly admitted flouting the new rules to get around the social ban.

Bethany Melvin, 22, partied with a group of her girlfriends on Wednesday.

She told The Sun Online: "I want to play out and I want to do what I want to do.

"It's not very nice for us as me and my friends live at different ends of the city.

"We went into Revolution de Cuba and they asked us if we were in the same household but we obviously lied."

Eve Drury, 21, from Gateshead, said: "I just don't think a lot of the new rules make sense either.

"It's our friend's birthday so we're not following the rules to miss that.

"I just think places want business, and they aren't really going to be bothered about much else.”

It comes after Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty warned that the North East had seen a “rapid increase” in infections – despite large swathes being under local lockdown.

He also said there was a "significant uptick in the number of people entering intensive care”.

Boris Johnson recently said the recent spike in cases across the UK could have come from the public becoming more complacent.

He said: "The nation came together in March and April.

"What happened over the summer was a bit of sort of fraying of people's discipline and attention to those rules."

The North East has recorded 940 cases per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic – which equates to around 25,097 cases, according to data from Public Health England.

Meanwhile, 6,968 more people tested positive for coronavirus in the UK on Friday – the third-highest increase ever – while 66 more people lost their lives.









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