Students in Preston are being advised to have two Covid-19 tests in the first week of December to ensure they can go home for Christmas.Advertisement
New asymptomatic testing sites opened at University of Central Lancashire on Monday 30 November, which students are encouraged to use.
If students receive two negative tests, they are advised to return home immediately.
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If a student tests positive they will have to self-isolate for 10 days. If they are tested in the first week of December this will still leave them with enough time to return home for Christmas.
Before travelling home students are advised to: book travel in advance, avoid busy times and routes and check their journey in advance to avoid disruptions.
Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We’ve already come so far since first setting up a national testing programme at an unprecedented pace to help counter COVID-19, but we continue to strive to go further, faster.
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“Innovations such as lateral flow technology hold the key to the next phase of our ambition to see mass, rapid testing available to people across the country.
“I’m delighted that universities are working with us to use lateral flow technology, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour in helping students return home for Christmas and to return to a normal way of life as soon as possible.”
Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said: “We are committed to get students back to their loved ones for the Christmas holidays as safely as possible, after this challenging year.
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“Our plans already minimise the risk of students moving at the end of term, through staggered departure dates in the ‘student travel window’. But testing will offer further assurances that students can keep their families safe this winter, and I urge all students who can to take the tests on offer.”
UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “Thanks to the hard work of staff and students across the University our Covid infection rates on campus remain low.
“However, we have worked with government to set up testing centres at our three campuses in Preston, Burnley and Westlakes to ensure that all students living in student accommodation have the opportunity to be tested and can travel home as safely as possible for Christmas.”
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