Health Secretary Matt Hancock has joined condemnation of around 200 students who flouted Covid-19 restrictions by partying in a hall of residence.

The government minister at the forefront of the Covid-19 crisis agreed with a remark that the behaviour was a “shameful” breach of the rules at the accommodation used by Coventry University students.

Tory Marco Longhi (Dudley North) said: “This virus clearly behaves according to how each and every one of us behaves and will he join me in condemning what we saw on the news this morning at Coventry University, where some students were behaving in a shameful way, up-close-and-personal partying?”

Mr Hancock replied: “The comments that (Mr Longhi) makes are absolutely right. The need for all of us, all of us, to exercise responsibility in a world where a virus can pass asymptomatically without anybody knowing that they have it is sadly a feature of life during this pandemic that I hope will be over sooner rather than later.

“And so I agree with (Mr Longhi).”

The party took place in breach of the so-called ‘rule of six’, with a clip showing the crowd dancing to a drill song in contravention of Covid-19 restrictions.

The revellers are shown holding up mobile phones, with several people jumping on tables as Digga D’s song ‘Woi’ plays in the background.

A spokesman for Coventry University said: “We are aware of an incident in a private accommodation block which was captured in a video that has been shared online.

“We are deeply concerned by the scenes in the video and strongly condemn the blatant breaches of the rule of six and other guidelines as they risk the health of our students, colleagues and the communities in which we are located.”

Coventry Police are examining CCTV with a view to taking action if evidence comes to light that the party had been planned.

A spokesman said: “We have liaised with management at the student accommodation block and they have agreed to close some communal areas and to increase security.”

And tonight (Wednesday) Coventry City Council leader George Duggins said those attending the party would now be monitored for signs of Covid-19 in order to quell any outbreak.

NIDO, which runs Arundel House, has restricted all visitor to the building, closed communal areas and stepped up security, on top of its existing measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.





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