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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 110867, tabled on 3 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data on covid-19 would be required and what criteria would need to be met for him to recommend an exit from the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

8 February 2021

Decisions on tiers are made by Ministers based on public health recommendations from senior clinical and scientific advisors, guided by five key indicators - the case detection rate in all age groups, case detection rates among the over 60 year olds, the rate at which case rates are rising or falling, positivity rate and pressures on the National Health Service.  Final decisions on tiering are made by the COVID-19 Operations Committee.

As of 6 January, all areas have moved into tier 4 and the Government will review the tiering allocations every 14 days.

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