Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd September 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Observer newspaper article of 6 September 2020 on the leaked Public Health England report on covid-19 lockdown restrictions, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of that report.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The NHS Test and Trace service is helping us to keep the spread of the virus at low levels by ensuring that we can quickly trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. This is playing an important role in helping ease restrictions but alongside the vital continuing importance of social distancing.

We are working closely with local authorities and local Directors of Public Health, sharing highly localised case data on a daily basis to understand and tackle local outbreaks. All 152 upper tier local authorities have created and shared their Local Outbreak Control Plans which focus on prevention, identification and management of outbreaks, and working to break the chain of transmission. We have also given councils £300 million in new dedicated funding to support their dedicated Local Outbreak Plans.

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