News from Nottingham and the surrounding area.
Writing in the Nottingham Post on Wednesday 7 October 2020, Peter Hennessy reported that, although students are welcome in Nottingham, the council's leader has said that their return has been a factor in the rise of Covid-19 cases, and they are being asked to 'moderate behaviour' as the city is likely to go into lockdown this week.
On 6 October 2020, Annie Gouk and Anna Whittaker, writing in the Nottingham Post reported that official government figures show that, excluding halls of residence, Nottingham has almost 10.5 thousand student-only houses and flats. Along with Exeter this is the highest concentration of student housing.
BBC News, Monday 5 October 2020 reported that 425 students, the majority living in private accommodation, and eight members of staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
Andrew Topping (Nottingham Post Monday 5 October 2020) reported that more than 650 new cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in Nottingham in the space of just 24 hours. Nottingham is now one of the worst affected areas for Covid-19 cases raising concerns about a local lockdown.
On Friday 25 September 2020, Neil Shaw, Nottingham Post Network Content Editor reported on the comments of Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology at Nottingham University who he quoted as saying that universities are 'particularly high risk settings' with potential for rapid spread of the coronavirus.