WINCHESTER University has three positive cases of coronavirus, both understood to be students.

One of the students who tested positive is believed to be a resident at the Cathedral Point Halls.

The university is working closely with NHS Test and Trace, Public Health England and local authority partners.

The post continued: “[The university] would assure everyone that all precautions are being taken to protect our students, staff and the wider community at this time.

“The university is contacting individuals that may have been in close proximity with those affected and will continue to do so. The university remains open with students and staff, who have not been advised to self-isolate, attending as normal.”

A university spokesperson added: "We can confirm that three cases of Covid-19 have occurred within the wider university community and we have enacted our planned response on a local level with the relevant authorities.

"The university remains open, with students and staff who have not been advised to self-isolate, attending as normal and students and staff are urged to continue strictly following social distancing.

"The diagnosed students and a small number of their close contacts are self-isolating in accordance with government guidance.

"We are offering support and advice to those concerned, helping them to self-isolate for the recommended period and get medical attention where necessary. We have also launched a dedicated Covid Careline for anyone self-isolating or concerned about someone who is self-isolating. Further information and guidance for staff and students is available through the university’s intranet and Live Chat tools."

Contact the Covid Careline on 01962 827100 or on the ‘Ask’ live chat function of the website from 8am-8pm.