A first-year university student has been left “devastated” after finding out that she may not be able to travel home for Christmas.
This comes after the news that Matt Hancock will not rule out making students stay at their universities over the holiday period to avoid outbreaks across the country.
Maisie Southward, 19, who is a student Liverpool John Moore’s said: “I would feel devastated to think I potentially could not spend Christmas with my family after months away from home.”
Maisie moved to Liverpool from Cumbria earlier this month. Since her arrival, 80 students and seven staff across the city have tested positive for COVID-19.
This outbreak comes amongst several others within the UK since fresher’s week.
600 students at The University of Glasgow have been told to isolate in their halls after 124 tested positive for the virus.
Spokespeople for the university said this outbreak was largely due to socializing within some student residences during Fresher Week.
Maisie added: “I would consider moving home early to avoid the restriction so that when it is implemented, I would already be at home.”
When speaking to Radio 4’s Today Programme , Matt Hancock said that although the guidance is not their goal for students, the government’s main priority was to make sure that people are kept as safe as possible.
The Health Minister’s comments come after SAGE (The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) have warned the government of larger outbreaks occurring at the end of the term due to high numbers of students travelling back home for the festive period.
The news will come as a shock to many students who face months without seeing their families.