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The government has stressed that it is “well prepared to respond in a way that offers substantial protection to the public”, having “planned extensively over the years for an event like this”.  The action plan set out by the Health Secretary and Prime Minister has four phases:

  • Contain: detect early cases, follow up close contacts, and prevent the disease taking hold in this country for as long as is reasonably possible;
  • Delay: slow the spread in this country, if it does take hold, lowering the peak impact and pushing it away from the winter season;
  • Research: better understand the virus and the actions that will lessen its effect on the UK population, as well as innovate responses including diagnostics, drugs and vaccines; and
  • Mitigate: provide the best care possible for people who become ill, support hospitals to maintain essential services and ensure ongoing support for people ill in the community to minimise the overall impact of the disease on society, public services and on the economy.

We are monitoring guidance being issued by Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and we are following this guidance carefully. 

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