Two more Trinity students test positive for coronavirus

Neither student was in on-campus accommodation

Two more cases of Trinity students testing positive for Covid-19 have been reported, bringing the total number of Trinity students infected to four.

College announced the additional two cases on their website today. None of the cases involved students living in campus accommodation, according to College. They said that the college no longer intends to give details of every student who tests positive “unless there are exceptional circumstances”. The running tally will be provided on the Trinity website.

The first case of the virus in Trinity was confirmed on March 6, and another on March 12.

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 was the Editor-in-Chief of the 66th Volume of Trinity News. She was also formerly Online Editor and Deputy News Editor.