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Requirement to take PCR tests in universities ‘temporarily removed’

Government pauses rule on PCR tests to help lift pressure on laboratory capacity

Universities minister Michelle Donelan has told vice-chancellors that staff and students will no longer have to take two Covid-19 tests if they are positive for the virus to “ease the pressure” on laboratories.

In a letter to university leaders, seen by Research Professional News, Donelan said that all staff and students who are allowed to be on campus during lockdown should be given two lateral flow tests per week, in a bid to “help to break chains of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure safety on campus to help enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible”.

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