COVID-19 statistics

The figures on this page show the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases each week from Monday 5 October 2020. They also include data from our Pooled (Asymptomatic) Screening programme.

We have introduced a robust testing regime for our 12,605 staff members and approximately 23,000 students: a weekly asymptomatic screening programme for students resident in our Colleges and two dedicated University testing pods for staff or students with symptoms.

We anticipate a significant number of positive asymptomatic cases due to the proactive nature of our testing. The figures are not comparable with other institutions that are conducting symptomatic - but not asymptomatic - tests. Our approach allows us to identify cases early, support students to self-isolate and therefore minimise transmission by reducing the time between infection and identification.

Total number of positive cases identified through University testing programmes

Week Total no. of positive cases
5-11 October 34
12-18 October 154
19-25 October 156

The data above represent the number of cases as identified through the University's testing programmes. 

All cases have been followed-up and, where appropriate, are being supported to isolate.

Detailed breakdown by type of testing

Positive cases identified via University pooled (asymptomatic) testing

Week No. students screened No. of confirmed positive cases Positivity rate (%)
5-11 October 3,463 12 0.3
12-18 October 3,675 34 0.9
19-25 October 4,660 38 0.8

Cases are counted after confirmatory individual tests. These confirmatory tests are not included in the ‘No. of students screened’ figure to avoid double counting.

While we establish the pooled screening programme and monitor the number of infections, the programme is operating at reduced scale and not all eligible students are being screened each week.

Weekly report from pooled testing programme

Positive cases identified via University symptomatic testing

Week No. tests (students and staff) No. of confirmed positive cases Positivity rate (%)
5-11 October 230 22 10
12-18 October 411 120 29
19-25 October 409 105 26

Positive cases identified via other routes (e.g. NHS testing)

Week No. of confirmed positive cases
5-11 October 0
12-18 October 0
19-25 October 1

Additional focused individual testing in response to a cluster of cases

Week No. tests No. of confirmed positive cases
19-25 October 117 12