Minister won't rule out keeping students in halls for Christmas

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It comes as thousands of students across the UK have been forced to self-isolate after a surge in Covid-19 cases.
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A Government minister would today not rule out the possibility that university students may not be able to return home for Christmas.

Care minister Helen Whately said she "absolutely hopes" that students will be able to see their families over the festive period.

However, she implied there was a chance they may have to stay at university if the spread of coronavirus is not brought under control.

Asked if students will be able to go home for Christmas, Ms Whately told Sky News: "I absolutely hope so. I know that as a student at the moment — particularly if you are in a university where there is an outbreak and you're being told to self-isolate — that is not the student experience you were looking forward to."

Pressed on whether they will have to stay in halls over Christmas, she added: "You've heard the secretary of state, he won't rule anything out. But what we want is to see people being able to spend time with their families."

She added: "Matt Hancock said you can't rule that out. But we absolutely don't…
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