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Self-isolating students struggling to get food deliveries say they’ve been made ‘scapegoats’



Students in self-isolation at Manchester Metropolitan University have said they are struggling to get food delivered and feel scapegoated for the spread of the virus.

A male student at the university’s locked down Birley halls of residence, said: “We’re all trying to get deliveries but that’s the same for 2,000 people.

“A supermarket trying to deliver that much food to that many people is not going to be an easy thing.”

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He told the BBC: “Once again this generation, we’re the ones that are having to take the buck for all this, we’re the scapegoats.”

‘We feel trapped’

Students are terrified of being in lockdown in halls (Photo: Getty)

A female student said: “We’ve got to make do till Wednesday basically, that’s the nearest delivery slot we could get.”

Commenting on the lockdown, she said: “It’s difficult, we feel trapped, it’s a breach of freedom.”

Last week, i interviewed Theo Lockett, a student at Glasgow University who is self-isolating with Covid.

Mr Lockett initially complained that he and his flatmates had been left unsupported by the university, but he said there had been a “spectacular” change in treatment over the weekend. The university has sent free food packages and given students £50 to spend on takeaways, as well as four weeks free rent.

On Monday, Mr Lockett told i his symptoms were “easing” and he had “managed to get into the swing of lectures a bit more this week”.

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‘Genuinely harrowing’

Students at other universities have looked on at the scenes at Glasgow and elsewhere with concern.

Thomas Godfrey, a student at Oxford Brookes who is clinically vulnerable, told i: “In many ways I thought coming here would be a clean break – and I’d have opportunities to socialise safely and meet new people, but in many ways this is more depressing than lockdown.

“Online lectures are soulless, and the in-person elements of the course have had any joy painstakingly sapped by the mist of uncertainty that now surrounds every part of our lives.”

Mr Godfrey said that being prevented from going home at Christmas would “mentally break thousands of us”.

He said: “Seeing what’s happening in Scotland is genuinely harrowing, knowing that on top of paying for the economic damage of this, my generation will also now shoulder the blame”