On Tuesday 22 June 2021, Mustafa Qadri and Anna Whittaker reported in the Nottingham Post that Nottingham Trent University has now released historic data on the number of students who tested positive for Covid-19 in the Autumn Term 2020 peak of the coronavirus pandemic, and explain why the data were not released at the time.

Over 1,000 Nottingham Trent students a day tested positive for Covid during pandemic peak

The university said it did not wish to increase anxiety with the figures

Over a thousand Nottingham Trent University students tested positive for coronavirus every day in the height of the second wave, data shows.

Data reveals that over a thousand NTU students received a positive test for six consecutive days in October 2020.

The number of cases hit over 500 for 13 consecutive days and over 1,000 for six consecutive days, both over a seven-day rolling average, CBJ reports.

An NTU spokesperson explained a seven-day average as being the “total amount of positive tests recorded within a seven day period, e.g. the figure on 7th of the month would show figure for all positive tests from 1st – 7th”.

Students self-isolating had to continue learning via online.

A university press release stated: "Our data changes daily and is quickly out of date.

“Over the course of Term One we did not want our numbers to increase any potential anxiety or to generate a false sense of security amongst our community.

“COVID-19 measures should be applied and followed regardless of how many cases are reported.

"We said we would keep our position under review, and now consider that we should release historic data for the whole of Term One.

“This allows colleagues to see the overall picture of the rise and fall in cases, rather than a snapshot."

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