Joint Biosecurity Centre: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th 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, what recent meetings he has had with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to discuss the threat level from covid-19.

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

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.

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