Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th October 2020.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish his Department’s action plan to respond to local covid-19 lock-downs.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The response to local COVID-19 outbreaks is being co-ordinated at a local level with support from the Department. £300 million in funding has been made available and we are working closely with local authorities to help develop their responses to outbreaks.

By their nature local outbreak control plans are dynamic documents that will need to be adjusted in line with local conditions. For this reason they will not be held centrally, but each county and metropolitan authority has published their plan. We are in regular communication with the public regarding the work that is being delivered to tackle COVID-19, including updates about the implementation of local outbreak control plans and the weekly COVID-19 surveillance plan which is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/906073/Weekly_COVID19_Surveillance_Report_week_31_FINAL_V2.pdf

Further information on how we are supporting partners at a local level is published in the COVID-19 Contain Framework and NHS Test and Trace Business Plan which are available at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/containing-and-managing-local-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreaks/covid-19-contain-framework-a-guide-for-local-decision-makers

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/developing-nhs-test-and-trace-business-plan

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