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Covid-19 Update - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:51 pm on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Balfe Lord Balfe Conservative 12:51 pm, 25th June 2020

My Lords, I have two points. Incidents in Gütersloh, China and various other places have demonstrated that the virus can spread in meat markets and open markets. Have the Government initiated any scientific investigation of the need for extra measures around abattoirs?

My second question regards local lockdowns. I am still not clear who decides to impose a lockdown. Who is the responsible officer who can say, “Right, this is an outbreak, we need a lockdown”, and then call people together? Crucially, there has to be one person who can make the decision. Who is it?