Students arriving in Glasgow from around the world face quarantine to prevent Covid-19 spreading through campuses.

Nicola Sturgeon said if students arrive from high risk countries then they will be told to self isolate for the two week period.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, said he was concerned about students, particularly international students, arriving in Glasgow and Scotland as the new term is about to start.

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Thousands of students come from all around the world to Glasgow to study at universities and colleges.

He said: “In the coming weeks thousands of young people will be coming to university in the Glasgow area.

“It’s vital they are helped to understand the new restrictions and are supported to be safe in their new accommodation.”

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He asked the First Minister: “What role will testing play in ensuring that the start of term will not increase the risk to communities or university staff?”

Ms Sturgeon said that quarantine was the key method of ensuring the arrival of students from abroad did not lead to a rise in cases.

She said that was a more effective method that testing students on arrival.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The balance of judgment that we have reached on students coming from countries that are deemed to pose the highest risk is that quarantine is the most effective measure.

“If testing is seen to be an alternative to that, that could inadvertently increase the risk through a student arriving, getting a negative test and not quarantining although they might test positive later in the incubation period.

“Quarantine is what we have said is the most important measure in that regard.”