Coronavirus has hit Oxford University, with a student testing positive for the virus.
They had returned from overseas travel and are said to have self-isolated as soon as they experienced symptoms.
The university had ‘anticipated’ this happening and said there are likely to be more cases as the virus spreads in the UK.
A letter to students from Vice-Chanceller Louise Richardson said: ‘I am constrained in what I can say at the moment, but I am glad to report that the student self-isolated as soon as they developed symtoms and did not attend any college events after they felt ill.
She said Public Health England (PHE) had advised that the risk to other students is ‘very low’ and that college activities could continue.
‘They have also advised that we do not need to take any more additional public health actions in light of this case,’ the Oxford Mail reported she said.
‘Colleagues have been working with PHE to ensure that anyone who was in contact with the student after they felt ill has been notified and is able to gain access to both information and support.
‘We have anticipated this eventuality and have been preparing for it for some weeks now.
‘Moreover, given the rate of infection across the country, there will in all likelihood be other cases.’
In an official statement, an Oxford University spokesman said: ‘Our immediate concerns are for the affected student and their family, along with the health and wellbeing of our university staff, students and visitors. The student is being offered all necessary support.’
There are currently 209 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the UK, with more expected to be announced this afternoon as the government updates the figures daily.
Four of those cases have been in Oxfordshire.