Saturday September 19, 2020

‘A cluster in a university could get a province shut down’

As third-level students prepare for an academic year like no other, experts warn colleges could become hotbeds for the spread of Covid-19

6th September, 2020
More than 220,000 students will return to third-level study this month. Picture: Getty

“Freshers’ week 2020 will be a very, very different experience,” Evan O’Flaherty says.

The 20-year-old from Galway is preparing to return to NUIG tomorrow as one of 46 medical students allowed to attend a lecture in a hall designed for 200 students.

His third year in university will involve compulsory mask-wearing on campus, social distancing in class, socialising being kept to a small group of close friends, and the increased use of patient...

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