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‘Students should go home’ says Bath disease control expert as cases rise

A Bath disease control expert has said that students should go home and learn remotely to slow the rise in coronavirus cases.

Dr Bharat Pankhania, a former consultant in communicable disease control with more than 20 years’ experience in infectious diseases, has said that he has revised is position on students coming back to university and now thinks it would be safer for them to be at home.

He’s also said that cases at the university would inevitably percolate into the wider community, but that he did not expect a local lockdown to be implemented in the south west.

Several universities across the region have seen high numbers of coronavirus cases, Bristol has almost 120 active cases, Exeter has over 200 cases and the University of Bath now has over 100.

Mr Pankhania said: “It was inevitable cases were going to increase when students returned. But now I have revised

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