Wuhan Coronavirus

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:28 pm on 3rd February 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 4:28 pm, 3rd February 2020

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this important point. Local authorities and local resilience forums have a critical role to play in resolving this, as Wirral Council has demonstrated with its efforts thus far to support people at Arrowe Park, and I pay tribute to the work local authorities have done so far. Local authorities across the country should be familiarising themselves with their plans in case the coronavirus comes to them.