Coronavirus: UEA students go into self-isolation
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The University of East Anglia has moved to reassure students and staff after occupants of on-campus accommodation went into self-isolation.
Students living in a flat on the Norwich campus were advised to self-isolate after contacting the NHS 111 advice line.
Ian Callaghan, UEA chief resource officer, said: 'Following the government's announcement yesterday we have been advised that a student flat on the UEA campus is self-isolating after receiving advice from 111. This is a precautionary measure.
'We understand this news will cause concern and anxiety among our students, staff and the wider community; and indeed there has been speculation on social media.
'Our immediate concerns are for the students in the flat and the continued wellbeing of our UEA staff, students and community.'
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The affected flat is thought to be home to 12 students.
One of the students, who said he had come into contact with a person outside the university who has since tested positive for coronavirus, told the university student newspaper Concrete: 'After [the university] found out the situation, student support and security had a meeting to discuss further action and so far we have all individually been contacted and told to self-isolate as a flat'.
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The Department of Health announced nationally the number of positive cases now stands at 590, a rise of 190 in 24-hours, though it remains at 32 in the East of England.
The UEA said the affected students were being helped by the university support services during their seven day isolation period.
A spokesman said: 'Student services are providing support and we have resident life team managers who are assigned to each block and they are on-hand to offer advice and all the support they may need while self-isolating.'
MORE: What are coronavirus symptoms and should I self-isolate?The university is also currently assessing how its academic and leisure activities might be hit by coronavirus measures. A UEA lecture and film screening due to be held in London on March 12 was postponed.
In a message to students, Mr Callaghan said: 'We want to reassure you that the self-isolation is a precautionary measure, and there is no confirmed case of coronavirus on campus.'
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