Mon 14 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Government must ensure that walk-through coronavirus testing facilities are open and operational in all of Scotland’s universities towns, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

The testing system broke down last month when pupils returned to school, and with universities beginning their terms Mr Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that this isn’t repeated.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“When children returned to school last month the testing system broke down, resulting in families being sent across the country on a wild goose chase in search of tests. It would be unacceptable if a similar situation occurred again as university terms begin. It’s vital that walk-through testing centres are open and operational in all our university towns to help keep students and staff safe.

“For many students arriving on campus this will be their first time living alone, and international students arriving in Scotland for the first time will not be familiar with our public health guidance. It’s essential that the Scottish Government works closely with universities to ensure that students have all the support they need to keep themselves and their new communities safe at this most unusual and challenging time.”

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