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Coronavirus: Universities

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL8556, tabled on 28 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make mass on–campus testing available at all universities.

Answered on

3 November 2020

Testing capacity is the highest it has ever been, but we are seeing a significant demand for tests. It is vital that university staff and students only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.

We have quickly established walk-through sites and deployed mobile test sites so that almost all universities are within three miles of an in-person test site allowing staff and students to get access to tests should they develop symptoms. We are looking to reduce this further down to one and a half miles where possible.

In cases of outbreaks we are working with universities to deliver large batches of home test kits which can then be distributed to students isolating in their households or halls to residence to test themselves.