DMU students concerned for their health as Covid-19 cases start rising

By Liv Slomka

BUSY: the DMU campus filled by students after the summer break

Life has come back to the DMU campus but it has also raised concerns among students as Covid-19 cases are on the rise again. 

Students are worried for their health being back in university with full classes and no online lessons.

One student, Will Drury, said: “I was going out almost every day during freshers and every year I end up with the same freshers’ flu. Most of my friends have the freshers’ flu which could be Covid-19 but no-one is getting tested because testing isn’t free any more.”

Another student, Katie, who did not want to be fully named, said: “I know people that went to class once last week healthy and are now stuck in bed struggling; they didn’t even go out for freshers so it’s already spreading in classrooms.’’

Based on the data from the coronavirus database, between the 27th of September and the 3rd of October 2022, 123 people went to university hospitals of Leicester infected with coronavirus. This is an 11.8 per cent increase compared to the 7 days before. There were 130 patients in hospitals in Leicester with Covid-19 on the 5th of October 2022. 

Wearing face masks is optional but should help with slowing down the spread of Covid-19 and freshers’ flu during the flu season.

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