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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 49050, tabled on 14 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of a firebreak lockdown on preventing the transmission of covid-19.

Answered on

13 October 2021

The success of the vaccination programme means that stringent economic and social restrictions may not be needed this autumn. The risk of COVID-19 will be managed through pharmaceutical interventions like vaccines and antivirals, including vaccines for those aged 12 to 15 years old and measures such as continuing the test, trace and isolate programme; continued support for the National Health Service and social care; and managing risks at the border.

A Department of Health and Social Care and Office for National Statistics paper analysing the direct and indirect health impacts of COVID-19, including a case study on the mental health impacts and the use of mental health services during the pandemic is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dhsc-direct-and-indirect-health-impacts-of-covid-19-in-england-long-paper-9-september-2021

‘COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’ sets out potential measures which will be kept under review, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-autumn-and-winter-plan-2021