Scottish Higher Education Minister admits he ‘has not seen’ modelling that predicted universities outbreaks

The Scottish Minister for Higher Education “has not seen” modelling undertaken by Government advisors that found coronavirus outbreaks on university campuses were “entirely predictable”.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 9:39 am

Hundreds of students across Scotland are currently self-isolating after Covid-19 outbreaks were identified at several campuses.

Yesterday Professor Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Edinburgh University, said the UK Government’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), had already modelled potential campus outbreaks and considered them “inevitable”.

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But when asked at what point he had seen the modelling while planning for the reopening of Scottish universities, Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio show that he had

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