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The return of students to university in Scotland after spending Christmas at home could be staggered, according to the Education Secretary.

Thousands of students flocked to halls of residence in university towns such as Glasgow and Edinburgh last month – prompting a spike in coronavirus infections.

Education secretary John Swinney said that the Scottish Government is “learning lessons” from the return of students which will impact measures in place after the Christmas break.

Mr Swinney told the BBC that a system of mass testing, bolstered by a staggered return of students ensuring the system does not become overwhelmed, was being discussed as an option.

He said: “These are some of the options that are being looked at and obviously… the practicalities of that are changed and eased if the return of students is staggered over a longer period.”

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