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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 26798, tabled on 9 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to report active cases of covid–19 by deducting the number of people who have recovered from that virus.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

16 March 2020

As we move into the delay phase of the COVID-19 outbreak, which is about slowing the spread, lowering the peak impact of the disease and pushing it away from the winter season, we will continue to report figures daily and maintain a consistent approach.

The reporting and messaging will adapt as required, with the number of people who have recovered not being a reliably knowable figure at present.

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