A NUMBER of students are self-isolating after a series of coronavirus cases were found in University of Sussex halls.

There are now 12 students at the university's campus who have recently have tested positive, compared with 80 people across all of Brighton and Hove last week.

The rate at the university is now at its highest since November.

A spokeswoman for the university has assured that the students are receiving their "full support".

She said: “In line with national guidelines, a very small number of students on campus are self-isolating following a positive Covid-19 test.

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"Our own track and trace system has ensured that transmission has been confined to a few flats and all students are encouraged to test at least twice a week at our on campus Covid-19 testing facility”.

According to data on the university's website, coronavirus reached a peak on October 26 last year.

At that time, 78 students on campus were self-isolating due to a positive test result.

The virus was suppressed at the university by the end of November and rates have remained down until now.

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A record million Covid-19 jabs were booked when over-25s became eligible for the vaccine, new figures show.

The NHS in England said that a record-breaking number of vaccine appointments were booked on Tuesday as those aged 25 to 29 in England were able to book an appointment for the first time.

There was a “Glastonbury-style” surge of traffic on the NHS website, officials said.

At the height of action on the “blockbuster” day, 100,000 appointments were being booked every hour.

A number of young people initially reported problems booking, either with long queues or being told they were ineligible to book.

The issues were quickly resolved and NHS England said the National Booking Service had 493,000 appointments reserved by midday on Tuesday, just five hours after over-25s were included.

A total of 1,082,596 first and second dose slots were booked throughout the day – four times the number booked on Monday.

The head of the NHS in England said the figures have dispelled the suggestion younger people may shy away from vaccination.