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Coronavirus: Consider pausing university return, says Labour

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  • Coronavirus: Consider pausing university return, says Labour

    27 September 2020

    The government should consider pausing the return of university students with thousands of students already isolating amid Covid outbreaks, Labour has said.

    ... Ms Green also asked the government to promise students would be allowed home for Christmas as it would be "unthinkable" that they could be locked in their halls and unable to see families, although she said "public health considerations" should always come first.

    Earlier this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock refused to rule out banning students from returning home at Christmas, and scientific adviser Sir Mark Walport also warned some might have to stay on campus.

    ...About 3,000 students are currently in lockdown at universities from Dundee to Exeter ...

    Prof Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, said the situation was "entirely predictable".

    "Students didn't start this current phase of the epidemic, this began way back in August, and the students just got caught up in it," he said.