Covid: three universities halt face-to-face teaching as UK strategy unravels

Manchester and Sheffield lead way with at least 5,000 confirmed cases among UK students and staff

Efforts to reopen universities in the midst of the pandemic appeared to be unravelling tonight, as three of the country’s largest universities called a halt to face-to-face teaching.

More than 80 universities in the UK have reported at least 5,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among students and staff, including more than 1,000 at the University of Manchester, which announced that it was suspending in-person teaching.

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