Goldsmiths student tests positive for COVID-19

A student at Goldsmiths has tested positive for coronavirus, the college confirmed yesterday.

The student was already in self-isolation when they were diagnosed. Last week, a guest to their halls of residence, Chesterman House, tested positive for coronavirus.

Six further students are in self-isolation.

According to Goldsmiths, everyone known to have been in contact with the guest to Chesterman House has been contacted.

The college said, “We know people across campus are concerned they may be at risk from the Chesterman House case but unless you are contacted by a health professional, PHE assures us you are not at any higher risk of infection and that Goldsmiths does not currently need to take any further public health actions such as deep cleaning or building closures.”

Goldsmiths says that it is open as normal.

Elsewhere in London, a case of the virus has been confirmed at King’s. The Guildhall School of Music and Drama closed last week after a teacher tested positive for coronavirus, but it has since reopened.

In Lewisham, there were three confirmed cases of the virus as of yesterday morning, ITV reports.

Across the UK, cases have recently been confirmed at the University of Oxford and Queen’s University Belfast.

Public Health England says that anyone who may have contracted the virus should avoid GPs, pharmacies, and hospitals. Instead, you may use the 111 online coronavirus service to assess your risk.


Will is London Student's Features Editor (2019-20). He does a history degree at SOAS, and you can find him hiding in a library around Bloomsbury.

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