“Our planning is not a prediction of what will happen. It reflects a responsible government that ensures that we are prepared for all eventualities.
It comes as Jo Grady, secretary general of the University and College Union, has warned that universities could become “the nursing homes of any second wave of COVID.”
She also accused the government of a lack of planning as thousands of students are expected on campuses in the coming weeks.
“So people who are increasingly infected are encouraged to move around the country, to come together and live together.
“That does not make sense.”
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8am update: India cases still at record high after five days
India reported 78,512 new novel coronavirus infections today, slightly below its record set the day before when it had the most infections in one day of any country in the pandemic.
India’s total of 78,761 new cases on Sunday surpassed the previous record of 77,299 cases in the United States on July 16.
India, the second most populous country in the world, has recorded the highest workload in the world every day since August 7, beating the figures for the United States and Brazil.