Fifth Trinity student tests positive for Covid-19

Two cases were announced yesterday

A fifth Trinity student has tested positive for Covid-19, following the announcement of two additional cases yesterday.

The student was on Trinity Surf Club’s trip to Fuerteventura last week. The club announced the news on their Instagram this evening and said that the student will be self-isolating, adding that the other students who went on the trip must now self-quarantine.

College will no longer be providing email updates on the number of cases of coronavirus among Trinity students “unless there are exceptional circumstances”. Instead, a running tally will be updated on the Trinity website.

The first case of the virus in Trinity was confirmed on March 6 and has since recovered, and another on March 12, with two more announced yesterday.

Campus is currently closed to all undergraduate students with the exception of those who live on-campus, following the government’s decision to close schools, universities, and cultural institutions.

Access for staff is to continue, while postgraduate students who require access to the campus in order to engage in “critical research projects” are to be admitted if they show they have received permission through email from their supervisors.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced closure of universities in response to the coronavirus in a statement to the media in Washington DC on Thursday.

In an email circulated to staff and students shortly after 5pm on Thursday, Provost Patrick Prendergast confirmed that while the government’s decision is in effect until March 29, it “would be wise to allow for the possibility of a longer closure”.

College is also making preparations to replace exams with alternative online assessments.

Aisling Grace

Aisling Grace is the Editor-in-Chief of the 66th Volume of Trinity News. She was formerly Online Editor and Deputy News Editor, as well as an English Literature and History of Art and Architecture student.