Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Jane Stevenson Jane Stevenson Conservative, Wolverhampton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the criteria he has set for removing additional covid-19 restrictions in (a) Wolverhampton and (b) England.

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

We work closely with local leaders and public health teams to inform decisions on local interventions, taking into account a range of factors, and all decisions are based on the latest data and advice from experts, including our epidemiologists and the Chief Medical Officer.

There is no single hard threshold. The thresholds are not fixed between the local COVID alert levels because they take into consideration a range of metrics and intelligence. This includes positivity rates, case rates through the age groups, and hospital pressures including COVID-19 admissions but also indirect impact, staffing levels and absences.

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