Coronavirus UK updates: Stay in accomodation, Scottish students urged

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Coronavirus UK Updates: No final decisions on Scotland lockdown says Nicola Sturgeon
Coronavirus UK Updates: No final decisions on Scotland lockdown says Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s Education Secretary has urged students – even those who test negative for Covid-19 – to stay in their accommodation after hundreds were asked to self isolate due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

John Swinney said students staying in accommodation would minimise the spread of Covid-19 to other parts of the country.

Reports on Sunday claimed that some living in halls of residence had returned to their family home due to the circumstances.

Speaking on the BBC’s Politics Scotland programme, Mr Swinney said: “Our advice to students is that they should stay in their halls if they are able to do so and that’s to ensure that we minimise the spread of the virus around the country.

“It’s important that any student that is self-isolating or students in general in the situation that they are facing are given the full and proper support of the college or the university that is supporting them, and that’s an issue that we’ve prioritised in our discussions with universities in the course of the past few days.”

Mr Swinney said that even students who receive a negative test result for the virus should remain in place.Scottish students have been urged to stay in their accomodation.

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