The number of coronavirus cases at Swansea University has risen to 136 and 451 students are currently in self-isolation.
It is a four-fold increase on the number reported at the end of September. At that time, all 32 positive coronavirus cases at the university were linked to a single house party, attended by one infected person.
There are are 73 current coronavirus cases at the university.
In contrast, 1,600 students are currently self-isolating at Cardiff University. Figures released on Wednesday (October 14) showed that 55 more Cardiff students tested positive the day before. Other universities across the country have also ordered many of their students to self-isolate following a number of cases.
Swansea University bosses said they were not yet bringing in measures to restrict students to their halls, as the cases had not been linked directly to the Singleton or Bay campuses.
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Six warnings have been given to students who breached restrictions and students have been warned that those flouting the rules could be kicked off their course.
The first cases of coronavirus were detected at the university on September 22, when 12 students returned a positive test.
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Due to patient confidentiality, it was not revealed whether the students were studying at the university’s Singleton or Bay campus.
It comes as the Welsh Government considers a two-week “fire-break” set of lockdown restrictions in a bid to stop rising case numbers in Wales.
A proposed ban on people entering Wales from UK coronavirus hotspots is due to begin on Friday at 6pm.
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Andrew Rhodes, registrar and chief operating officer at Swansea University, said: “Although we are seeing a small rise in numbers, cases within the university are still lower than for the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot local authority areas as a whole and are significantly lower than the figures seen in similar university towns and cities across the UK.
“During the past week, the number of live cases has grown by fewer than three a day and the number of students in self-isolation has fallen at the end of this week.
“We’re continuing to work closely with Public Health Wales, and we believe that the clear strategy on testing that we have adopted after seeking the best expert advice from our local public health authorities, along with a series of other measures we have put in place, have helped us manage the situation so far.
“Students in self-isolation are being helped by a dedicated team which provides free grocery packs, a laundry service, mental health and wellbeing support, and we are grateful to all our students who continue to follow the current regulations to keep themselves and the local community safe.”