THERE have now been 820 confirmed cases of coronavirus at Brighton universities since studies resumed in September.

Of these, 567 have been at the University of Sussex and 253 have been recorded at the University of Brighton.

Today's figure is up from 786, based on data issued by the institutions on November 4.

At the University of Sussex, 559 of its cases have been among students while seven have been staff members and one has been someone involved with the institution in another way.

Of the students, 357 have been based at its Falmer campus while 202 were living off campus.

This data includes both open and closed cases recorded through the university's reporting form, or through confirmation from Public Health England, since September 21.

Currently, there are confirmed reports of 42 positive (active) cases within the university's community.

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A spokesman said: "As well as the students and staff who are positive, all of their housemates and households are also now in self-isolation, as per the government guidance."

At the University of Brighton, there were 35 cases confirmed in the week leading up to November 8.

Of these, 33 were students and two were staff members.

A spokesman for the university said: "The government’s announcement of an England-wide lockdown from November 5 made clear its expectations that universities would remain open.

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"We are proposing to continue with on-campus teaching for practice-based courses where this is necessary to deliver learning outcomes, and to move to remote learning for all non-practice-based courses where it is possible to do so.

"All university accommodation will remain open and students will continue to be able to access support services."