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Corona-positive students’ classmates have all been sent home to self-isolate and get themselves tested
Students that are testing positive for the coronavirus and their classmates are being sent home, and the teaching in their classes is going digital at the University of Copenhagen. At time of writing, a total of 17 students, in different classes and in several different faculties, have tested positive for the virus since 1 August – out of a student population of about 38,000.
The number of 17 is a tally that is partly from faculties’ earmarked corona update webpages (see fact box right), and partly from numbers released to the University Post from the faculties of Science, and Health and Medicine, respectively.
UCPH corona positive tests
The positive tests among students at the University of Copenhagen since 1 August are as follows.
All activity that is not directly associated to education and research is to be kept at a minimum
University of Copenhagen
The Danish government introduced new measures to control the spread of the virus Monday that will affect Danish students and staff at universities. The University of Copenhagen released its own restrictions Tuesday in response: There will be no more hanging out socially after class, and no receptions for staff on campus.
»All activity that is not directly associated to education and research is to be kept at a minimum,« the University of Copenhagen writes on its intranet as a consequence of the new restrictions.
The Danish Minister for Health Magnus Heunicke said at a press conference Monday that this »is the most concerning situation in terms of increasing infections since the spring«.
Gatherings are now prohibited above 50 people, down from 100, in several towns, including Copenhagen municipality, which houses the University of Copenhagen campuses.
Teaching will continue at present. But the University of Copenhagen may curtail physical teaching later, it writes. All student counselling is to take place digitally or over the phone. Staff at the university are urged to work from home, and the campus will be closed at night.
It is however, still possible to hold physical courses and seminars, so long as distancing guidelines are maintained.