Delay university term until on-campus testing ready, says Labour

Letter to education secretary comes as thousands of students confined to halls after outbreak

The government should consider delaying the start of some university terms until mass testing is available on campuses, Labour has said, as thousands of students were confined to their halls of residence following outbreaks.

In a letter to the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, his Labour shadow, Kate Green, said: “The key to students staying safe on campus is testing … Despite the government’s inaction, universities like Leicester and Cambridge are developing their own testing capacity. What steps is your department taking to ensure that every university that wishes to do so is able to deliver this capacity on their campus? And what progress is the government making to ensure there is sufficient testing capacity in university communities to ensure those who have symptoms can be tested quickly?”

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