30/11/2020

'United Approach' Needed To Ensure Safe Return Of Students

A united approach is needed across the UK to ensure that students can safely return to university and college after the Christmas holidays.

In a joint letter to the four Governments of the UK, Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP, alongside Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey, Scottish Leader Willie Rennie and Welsh Leader Jane Dodds, called for a uniform approach to student testing ahead of a return to university in January.
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Dr Farry said plans should be confirmed before students travel home for the festive period. It comes after growing fears of a repeat of the spike in coronavirus cases seen when students returned in autumn.

Dr Parry said: "We have been clear there needs to be careful planning around the movement of students home at Christmas and back in the New Year, not least with mass asymptomatic testing to keep people safe.

"The Governments were right to work together to agree guidance for Christmas, they now must do the same for students returning in the new year."

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