"Students isolating in Queen's University Belfast accommodation after Covid-19 outbreak".

Elias Hubbard
October 1, 2020

Pressed further on whether he sympathises with calls for requests, the spokesperson said: "We have a huge amount of sympathy for what students are having to go through and also not to forget their parents as well".

The university said the person behind the outbreak was not a student at Swansea and it had not had any cases within halls of residence or on campus.

Gavin Williamson told MPs it was "essential" that measures were put in place to ensure students could be with loved ones during the festive period while "minimising the risk of transmission" of Covid-19. Of the 328 students who live on campus, 206 remain, according to the university. We are not in a bubble, but everything seemed to be working well and the cases that emerged do not appear to have stemmed from athletic training activities.

Asked whether the Labour leader sympathises with students demanding refunds, his spokesperson replied: "First and foremost, the immediate priority is making sure every student gets a good education, and that means them being able to learn safely either in person or remotely". Given the direction this is going, they may as well embrace a U-turn now, while there's still time to stop thousands more students getting sick.

"We have issued six warnings but we have not need to issue any others and we have not needed to take any disciplinary action".

She said while she would leave "no stone unturned" to allow people in university to be with their families, she could "not predict" what state coronavirus would be in Wales in three months' time.

Soft left group Open Labour has launched a new petition calling for the United Kingdom and devolved governments to "end the Covid crisis on our campuses" as thousands of students are locked down at university.

Lehigh University in Bethlehem has reported its first positive COVID-19 cases in students living on campus, as well as four new off-campus student cases of the disease.

Ms Williams said: "I think it's really unfair to look to blame students or try and depict students or build a narrative that students in some way are not taking this pandemic seriously". Finances hobbled by the absence of overseas students, the last thing university vice chancellors want is to write off this academic year altogether. "There will be a small minority that will ignore the rules". And obviously we understand there is deep anxiety and frustration for students and also for their parents across the country.

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