THE number of Covid-19 cases at Bournemouth University is “increasing” but it has had “no large-scale or unexplained outbreaks.”

The exact number of confirmed cases has not been revealed by the university, but it said the figures are included in those for the BCP area as a whole.

A Bournemouth University spokesperson said: “We are currently not sharing exact figures, as our figures are included in those for BCP as a whole and we’re working with them, and Public Health Dorset, to respond to any university cases quickly to ensure the safety of the BU community.”

In an update posted on the Bournemouth University website, chief operating officer Jim Andrews said: “Our numbers of Covid-19 are smaller than many other universities. While they are increasing, which means we all need to continue to be vigilant, we have had no large-scale or unexplained outbreaks. The vast majority of people who have tested positive have not been on our campuses.

He added: “All positive cases are being well managed through a clearly defined process, so unless you are told otherwise, there is no action that you need to take and campus remains safe for students and staff.”

Latest figures released by Public Health Dorset on Thursday, showed 453 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed across the BCP Council area between October 4 and 10.

The previous week, 265 cases were confirmed across the BCP Council area.

Mr Andrews said the university’s neighbourhood policing team has “stepped up” patrols and will be issuing fines to anyone breaching the regulations where necessary.

He added: “It is all of our responsibility to do what we can, so that we limit the spread of the virus and are able to return to more a normal situation sooner rather than later.”

As reported on the Bournemouth Echo, Public Health Dorset has issued an amber alert for the county and has urged residents to act in a bid to prevent Dorset being moved into tier two.

The BCP Council and Dorset Council areas are currently under tier one restrictions which means people should adhere to the 'rule of six' and a 10pm curfew applies on businesses selling food or drink, including bars, pubs and restaurants. They can still operate takeaway and delivery services after 10pm.