He urged them to behave responsibly as they head to university campuses across the UK – despite Freshers’ Week being known for its debauchery and naughty antics.
Health Minister Lord Bethell admitted the Government is “deeply concerned” their antics could lead to the disease spreading.
Health Minister Lord Bethell urged university students to behave responsibly ahead of Freshers’ Week, after the Government tightened restrictions following a rise in Covid-19 cases
Social gatherings of more than six people will be banned from Monday in a bid to curb the spread.
University students have been issued a sex warning about spreading coronavirus in their “bedrooms” ahead of Freshers’ Week.
Lord Bethell said: “We are deeply concerned about the spread among students.
The minister confirmed measures are being considered to enforce social distancing, the Evening Standard reported.
His plea comes after the Government moved to tighten restrictions following a rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases.
“Some of that spread will take place in universities, and I pay tribute to the efforts of vice-chancellors to put in place social distancing arrangements in universities; we hope that they will have an impact.
“However, some of the effect is in their social life – in pubs, clubs and bedrooms up and down the country.”
“That is the responsibility of the students themselves, and we are looking at measures to enhance and enforce the social distancing measures that will stop the spread of this disease.
It comes as cases among younger people are rocketing.
Universities are being urged not to send students home if they are affected by an outbreak amid fears it will cause the disease to spread across the country.
Statistics show the coronavirus weekly incidence among 17 to 18-year-olds has risen to 48 per 100,000 people.
Lord Bethell, who used to manage the Ministry Of Sound nightclub, also called for an end to illegal raves.
For those aged 19 to 21 it has gone up to 54 per 100,000, while for 20 to 29-year-olds it has increased to 41 per 100,000.