Coronavirus in Scotland: 11 cases linked to student flats

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Eleven students have tested positive for Covid-19 following an outbreak at student accommodation.

Edinburgh Napier University is working closely with NHS Lothian's Test and Protect team, which is investigating the cluster at the Bainfield flats.

The university's principal said the circumstances surrounding the cases have yet to be established.

But Prof Andrea Nolan told BBC Radio Scotland's Lunchtime Live she is hopeful the cluster had been contained.

She said: "We have identified the students who have tested positive. We have identified their close contacts.

"The health protection team isn't quite finished the tracing but we are almost there and all of their associated close contacts are in self-isolation."

Bainfield has 117 flats which can accommodate between four and eight people.

'Operational as normal'

Asked if the university would review whether to remain open if the outbreak grows, Prof Nolan said: "The university is more than its accommodation so we are here to provide support for our students to study and to learn and that is hugely important at this time."

She added that her decision making will be guided by NHS Lothian.

On Wednesday, the health board said: "Enhanced cleaning and safety measures are already in place in the university in line with national guidance.

"If someone has been in close contact with a confirmed case, they will be contacted and given advice about what they should do."

Those who have been contacted regarding the cases should isolate for two weeks, even if they do not develop Read More – Source

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