Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th January 2021.

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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 the criteria that a local area must meet in order to transfer (a) into and (b) out of a specific local covid alert level.

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

The COVID-19 Winter Plan set out how national restrictions would lift in England on 2 December. Decisions on which area goes into which tier are primarily based on five key epidemiological indicators as follows:

- Case detection rates in all age groups;

- Case detection rates in over 60 year olds;

- Rate at which cases are rising or falling;

- Positivity rate or the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken; and

- Pressure on the National Health Service, including current and projected occupancy.

The indicators are designed to provide a full picture of what is happening with the virus in any area so that suitable action can be taken.

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