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4th March 2020

4th March 2020

This week saw the publication of the government’s plans to contain and combat coronavirus Covid-19.

I hope that the 28-page action plan will provide welcome clarity about our preparedness and reduce the spread of rumour and anxiety by crystallising what the government is doing to keep us safe and what the population can do to support our NHS and public services through the crisis.

The UK is exceptionally well prepared to deal with incidents like this. We have had a detailed flu pandemic plan in place for many years and this well-rehearsed protocol forms the basis of our response, continually adapting as more details about the unique characteristics of Covid-19 become known.

Unsurprisingly, my postbag has presented a range of views on the disease – with some people extremely concerned and as many others of the opinion that the whole thing is being overblown.

I hope that the action plan will help to reconcile these differing views, explaining that the government’s response must be based on what is termed a reasonable worst case scenario – always rooted in sound evidence but nevertheless anticipating and preparing for the most severe picture.

It seems clear that the virus will be with us for some time, but I know my ministerial colleagues and others are working around the clock to ensure to ensure the public is protected and equipped with the most accurate information available.

Meanwhile, it has been business as usual in The Treasury and preparations for the forthcoming budget have been at the forefront of my mind.

I will be back in Salisbury at the end of the week, when my engagements include catching up on the exciting development aspirations of a local school, taking part in the Great Big Read with a group of pre-schoolers and discussing south Wiltshire cancer services.

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