Universities were taking urgent measures to safeguard students and staff last night after the first suspected coronavirus cases in Britain.
More than 120,000 Chinese students are at UK colleges, with thousands believed to be from the province of Hubei – at the centre of the virus outbreak.
Many British academics also work in education projects in the worst-affected city of Wuhan, raising fears that they too may have had contact with the virus.
Last night, UK universities began checks on students and staff, who either have connections with China or travelled there recently.
Newcastle University revealed it had 300 students from Hubei. A spokesman said: ‘We have arranged a dedicated health event for any student arriving from China in the last month ensuring they register with a doctor. In line with Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, the university is advising that staff and students don’t travel to this area’.
An undated file photo shows a general view of Newcastle University. Newcastle University revealed it had 300 students from Hubei. A spokesman said: ‘We have arranged a dedicated health event for any student arriving from China in the last month ensuring…
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