Students are taking coronavirus tests at a university hall of residence in Cardiff. It comes after a number of students living at the Talybont South halls, have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days.

Many are voluntarily self-isolating so the regional Cardiff and Vale test, trace and protect service has begun testing on site as a precautionary measure.

A team of community nurses will visit the site and students will be asked to take a voluntary coronavirus test. They will then be required to self-isolate until the test result is known.

Cardiff University also said it was not a lockdown and only applied to specific blocks or houses identified in Talybont South only.

The latest figures on Friday, October 9, show that Two more people have died with  coronavirus  in Wales and there have also been 766 new positive cases diagnosed following a lab test, an increase on the 638 on Thursday.

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Cardiff reported the highest number of new cases on Friday with 143. The rolling seven-day infection rate in the city is 148.8 cases per 100,000 people.

No additional restrictions have been placed on those living at Talybont, or any other student accommodation in the city.

Fiona Kinghorn, executive director for public health for the region, said: “Effective testing and tracing are essential to stop the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.  

“This precautionary measure has been taken in part to make it as easy as possible for this group of people who may be new to the city to get tested. The testing team will also be on hand to discuss any concerns or questions students may have about the virus.

“Everyone, regardless of where they live, should continue to folllow the national public health advice to regularly wash their hands, wear a mask indoors in public spaces, and keep their distance from others wherever possible. Together we can stop the spread of Covid-19.”

Local lockdown restrictions are already in place in Cardiff and much of Wales.

It means around 2.35m people are now in local lockdowns across Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy, Wrexham, Cardiff, Swansea, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly borough, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan, Bangor, and Torfaen.

Nurses will be on site at the Taylbont South residency halls
(Image: South Wales Echo)

The university’s Pro Vice Chancellor for education and students, Claire Morgan, also sent out an email to students.

It stated: “I am writing to you to make you aware of increased coronavirus (Covid-19) testing taking place at one of our university residences. Please don’t be alarmed by my email, my intention is to reassure you that we are doing all we can in prioritising the health and safety of our university community.

“In coordination with the NHS Track, Trace and Protect Team we have agreed to offer students in some of our Talybont South residences a voluntary NHS coronavirus  test.

“This follows an increase in positive tests and students self-isolating in this specific set of residences. You may see community nurses on site this weekend, in personal protective equipment, supported by a Mobile Testing Unit .

“I realise this news may be concerning both to other residents in Talybont and our students more generally. As such, I am keen for all students to be made aware of this increased testing and to alert you on how we are managing the situation.

“Please note this does not constitute a ‘lockdown’ as we have seen in some other universities, rather this is a more limited, pre-emptive measure to help control the spread of the virus for the safety and welfare of our students and the wider community.”


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