On Saturday 18 September 2021 Jack Thurlow, writing for the Nottingham Post, reported that officials anticipate a rise in cases of Covid-19 when students return to Nottingham. However, it was stressed that Nottingham's universities are better equipped to deal with the spread of the coronavirus than a year ago. Other factors, such as the return of children to school, are also likely to increase transmission of the virus and therefore the number of cases of Covid-19.

Rise in Covid cases expected as students return to Nottingham, public health officials say

A public health meeting also revealed that all 12-15-year-olds will be offered the jab

Coronavirus cases are expected to rise over the coming weeks with students returning to Nottingham universities.

During a Nottinghamshire public health meeting, officials said people mixing in nightclubs and other student environments will likely speed-up the spread of the virus.

Children returning to primary and secondary schools this month is also expected to contribute to an immediate rise in cases.

Nottingham's Director of Public Health, Lucy Hubber, said: "When you bring people back in to education settings and you think about school age children spending eight hours a day in a room together then you can expect to see both an increase of cases both within that setting and then with transmissions back into the household.

"I think over the next few weeks we are going to see not just cases with students in schools but then translated to their families and onward families and so on. So we can expect an increase in cases for those reasons.

"Covid loves a gathering - that is where it thrives.

"It enjoys a party, it enjoys a pub, it enjoys a nightclub because it can pass really easily in those environment .

"We are seeing an increase in cases in people who are more likely to be in those sorts of gatherings.

"We are also seeing over the last few weeks as people over 60 have become more confident; their cases are also increasing."

Yet, officials were keen to stress that the city's universities are now better equipped to deal with the spread of Covid then they were almost a year ago - when Nottingham had the highest Covid-rate in the country.

She added: "What we know about the return of students is how brilliant they have been in participating in vaccinations.

"The universities have also initiated vaccination programmes onsite for students who have not taken the offer up yet and they've set up really robust testing.

"What universities have done that is slightly different from last year is that they have been extremely proactive with students.

"We currently know that two-thirds of our students are vaccinated."

It comes after after ministers confirmed children aged 12 to 15 will be able to get a first jab from next week.

Vulnerable people in this age group had already begun to take up vaccination offers, but the jab is now available to them all.

Rise in Covid cases expected as students return to Nottingham, public health officials say - Nottinghamshire Live