NEW cases of coronavirus have gone up by more than 200 for a second week at Oxford University.

In the seven days to Friday, October 30, there were 212 new positive tests confirmed by the university's own testing service.

This was from 727 tests and gave a weekly positivity rate of 29.2 per cent.

Last week there were 208 new cases at the university, with a total of 708 since the university started testing on August 20.

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The fact for several weeks the overall total for Oxford, as published by Public Health England, has been lower or very close to the number for the university alone, has been acknowledged in the latest figures.

A note with the data said: "University testing figures do not correspond exactly to those reported for Oxford as a whole.

"We are working with Public Health England to resolve the issue."

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Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds last week said the gap was 'concerning', especially as she had raised concerns about the way local statistics were calculated earlier in October.

A spokesperson for Oxfordshire County Council at the time said: “Both of Oxford’s universities are keeping us informed of cases among their students and both have robust plans in place to contain the virus.”