The numbers of coronavirus cases in students areas have dropped. (Image: Olimpia Zagnat)

Student populated areas across the city have seen a significant drop in covid cases, latest government data shows.

The figures reveal a decrease in areas such as Lenton, Sneinton, Arboretum and the city centre in the week to January 20.

Arboretum, Forest and Trent University – predominantly student populated – has seen a drop of 81 per cent with just seven new cases of coronavirus.

Another popular student area, Sneinton, registered a decrease of 15.9 per cent.

Controversial Lenton has also seen a drop in coronavirus numbers of 25 per cent.

Back to when the academic year started, data from Public Health England has shown a number areas which are markedly higher than others between September 19 and September 25.

During this period there were 32 cases in the area encompassing University Park, Lenton Abbey and Jubilee Campus, taking in the grounds of the University of Nottingham.

Meanwhile, there were 16 confirmed cases in Radford, 13 in Lenton and Dunkirk and 14 in and around The Park and Nottingham Castle.

Up to 10 positive infections were recorded in the geographical bracket including the Arboretum, Forest and city campus of Nottingham Trent University (NTU) – with nine in the city centre and Trent Bridge grouping.

The figures compare to four cases in Sneinton, three in West Bridgford, four in Lady Bay, six in Edwalton and three each in Clifton North, Ruddington and Mapperley Park.

However, the numbers have significantly dropped after the Christmas break.

One of the factors is that not everyone returned to campus for the second term.

Nottingham students, however, said that the latest updates show how they have been ‘disproportionately blamed’ for spreading the virus.

“It was disproportionately blamed on students”

Sam Philips, 21

Nottingham Trent student Sam Philips, of Arboretum, 21, said: “I think when students where first asked to come back to university at the start of the year that would have contributed to the spread but that was unavoidable.

“Throughout term one I think students have been disobeying the rules which would not have helped but it was disproportionately blamed on students.”

People should blame the government, rather than the students, says Sam. (Credit: Sam Philips)

Sam, who is a third year Criminology student, added: “I think we have been a contributing factor but disproportionately blamed.”

He said that although students might have played a role in spreading the virus, the ‘hostile’ attitude should be directed to the government.

Sam added: “I do personally blame the government as you have to remember students were told to come back by the government.

“Students do have a right to be frustrated which may lead them to not follow the rules at the end of the day we have had to pay 9K had a term cancellation last year and not what we signed up for this year without any sort of rebate which we should of had.”

Students think that other factors could have favorised the decrease, such as not many people returning on campus due to travel restrictions.

“we are the ones who follow the rules.”

Jessica Piazzi, 23

An international NTU student from Italy Jessica Piazzi, 23, said: “In student accommodations like mine maintaining social distancing is not that easy, and because of this the majority of us already had covid last term, hence we are less likely to get it again.”

Jessica, 23, is an international student at Nottingham Trent Uniersity. (Credit: Jessica Piazzi)

Jessica, also a student resident in Sneinton, added: “Said so, I never thought that students should have been the main concern in this pandemic.

“Being far from home students are rarely in contact with the oldest population groups, plus we are the ones who follow the rules, such as wearing masks and wash hands properly, more when in a public space.

“The oldest are often the more skeptical with these kind of things.”

“Rebuilding the trust between students and the local communities is so important.”

Sam harris, 21

Sam Harris, a Politics student at Nottingham Trent, 21, said: “I’m so glad to see that student areas have seen a dramatic decrease in covid cases.

“During the many levels of restrictions students have been at the forefront of much of the criticism of rising cases.”

Sam, 21, has been proactive during the pandemic by helping others. (Credit: Sam Harris)

Sam, who is also the President of NTU Labour, has been involved in multiple actions to help the community of Nottingham during the pandemic.

He added: “In some cases, a minority of students have caused much damage to their local communities by flouting the rules.

“However, in many cases students have been behaving, as we can see now. Much of the reason for the rises in cases has been due to the hospitality sector and retail sectors being re-opened to the public.

“Rebuilding the trust between students and the local communities is so important.”