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Update on Cases

Updated: 18 January 2022

Throughout the pandemic, we have been working closely with UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) (formerly Public Health England), NHS Test and Trace and local health protection teams and with their input, our Case Management Team respond to suspected and positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among our students and staff.

We continue to implement a range of measures designed to reduce the risk of COVID infection to support our students and staff to protect themselves, those close to them and others in our wider community.  

On campus, we have carried out risk assessments on buildings and spaces and have in place compulsory wearing of face coverings inside our buildings unless exempt, one way systems with marked entrances and exits, hand sanitisers throughout our buildings and disinfectant wipes provided to clean desks and shared equipment before and after use.

We have a student body of around 30,000 students and 9,000 staff members. The health, mental health and wellbeing of our community is our priority and we are supporting those within our community who are unwell or self-isolating. We know how difficult it is for our students and staff who may need to self-isolate and we are offering practical and wellbeing support, including how to access our mental health and wellbeing services.

Reporting a case

Reporting a case to the university is an important part of our measures and we ask staff and students to play their part by getting tested if they have symptoms and keeping us informed via our self-reporting process. When we receive notification of a suspected or confirmed case, we follow detailed processes and procedures, including identifying close and proximity contacts, communications to relevant staff and students, and cleaning of affected areas where appropriate.

Numbers of positive cases reported to us

To ensure we are being as transparent as possible about the transmission of the virus in our community, we are publishing new known positive cases of COVID-19 reported to us via our self-reporting process. We update and publish figures on a weekly basis. 

We have been monitoring the situation with the new COVID variant, Omicron, very closely applying our robust case management and testing approach as part of our safety plan. 

Latest update (18 January 2022)

Academic Year 2021/22 



Total new cases in last counted 7 day period*



Total new cases in last counted 7 day period* with on-campus/placement activity 48 hours prior to symptoms/positive test 



Total cases from 13 September 2021 (Term 1 start)



 *New cases reported to King’s Personal Health Team.

 Academic Year 2020/21



Total cases from 28 September 2020 (Term 1 start) to 12 September 2021



All those who have received a positive test result are self-isolating, and their close contacts informed.

Students with a positive test result, symptoms or who have been in close contact with an individual with a positive test result are self-isolating. Their timetabled on-campus activities will be made available to them remotely wherever possible and they will not be attending on-campus teaching and activities in line with Public Health England guidance.

Students are being supported by the residences and welfare team with food and grocery deliveries, regular check-ins and access to mental health and wellbeing support.

Students and staff who do not have COVID symptoms (asymptomatic) are expected to take twice weekly COVID tests if they are coming to campus or living in King’s residences. Visit our testing webpages for more information.

For those experiencing coronavirus symptoms, follow the NHS advice to book a test and please fill out the King’s Self-Isolation form so we can support you.

COVID Vaccination
King’s strongly encourages all students and staff to get fully vaccinated and have the booster vaccination as soon as they can. Information on where to get the COVID vaccination is available on our webpages.

As of Monday 16 August 2021, individuals fully vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID19 vaccine in the UK are not legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, they are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible – including KCL TEST –  and await the result. There is no requirement for those who are fully vaccinated to self-isolate while they wait for the results of the PCR test. 

Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine such as Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca or Spikevax (formerly Moderna). You are also fully vaccinated if you have had one dose of the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

As fully vaccinated individuals identified as close contacts are still at risk of being infected, we advise following safety guidance such as wearing a face covering (unless exempt) in enclosed spaces, and limiting contact with other people, especially anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.

Individuals who are NOT fully vaccinated will still need to isolate if they are close contacts, and individuals who test positive will still have to self-isolate, to protect themselves and others. Anyone self-isolating, should let us know by completing the King’s self-isolation form.

Advice for all students and staff

Please continue to be vigilant on COVID-19 symptoms and to follow government advice and university guidance on health and safety measures.

Please book a COVID-19 test immediately on the onset of symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste) and stay at home.

Information is also available on our Managing the Virus and Taking Precautions webpage.

See also: Coronavirus Contact Tracing Privacy Notice

How our academics are supporting the response to coronavirus

Our scientists, academics and researchers continue to be at the forefront of the global response to the virus. This includes ground-breaking research to identify new symptoms using data from the COVID Symptom Study app, uncovering the antibody response to the virus, and providing invaluable social insights by analysing public perceptions of the pandemic.