The University has confirmed a record low 5 cases of Covid-19 amongst staff and students from Early Alert Service tests for the 30th of January to the 5th of February, with a positivity rate of 6.4% and 78 tests administered in total. This marks a slight decrease from last week’s 12 cases reported, as well as a decrease in the number of tests taken through the Early Alert Service.

Despite a spike in 0th week of 45 cases, positive tests have remained relatively low during term so far. Cases are also decreasing in Oxfordshire as a whole, while Oxford City Council has reminded residents to continue adhering to lockdown rules, as cases as a whole remain significantly higher than in December. 

283 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Oxford between the 1st and the 7th of February according to UK government data, with 24 testing positive in the city on the 7th of February. A recently released study by Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science has estimated over 60,000 excess deaths in England and Wales during the course of the pandemic