To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent meetings he has had with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to discuss the threat level from covid-19.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) and Public Health England monitor a broad range of data daily to assess the risks from COVID-19 on a local, national and international level. The four Chief Medical Officers review the setting of the national alert level based on advice from the JBC at least once a week. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care chairs a decision-making meeting at least once a week to review the national picture and to decide also on the classification of risk at a local level (Areas of concern, for Enhanced support, for Intervention). The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care also holds a meeting at least once a week together with the Secretaries of State for Transport, the Home and Foreign offices to review travel corridors in light of international risks to United Kingdom public health from COVID-19.