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UK govt wants students to go home for Christmas

The British government wants university students to be able to return home for Christmas, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday, amid concerns that restrictions on movement may be needed to curb the rising number of Covid cases. Outbreaks have forced some institutions to ask students — many of whom are far from home and paying thousands of pounds for accommodation and teaching — to self-isolate in their rooms and follow lectures online.

Health minister Matt Hancock had said on Thursday he could not rule out asking students to stay on campus over Christmas to prevent the virus from spreading. “I very much want students to be able to go home at Christmas,” Dowden said. “We’re three months away from Christmas. We’ve announced a range of measures. We are constantly keeping this situation under review.”