Covid 19

Tyrone Armatage made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Department of Health and Social Care.

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Dear FreedomofInformation,

Please provide copies of scientific documentation confirming that COVID-19 is an infectious disease and the names of the types of scientific tests carried out to reach these conclusions.

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1302331
 
Dear Mr Armatage,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 5 February about COVID-19. I have
been asked to reply.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

The Act does not cover unrecorded information that officials may remember,
opinions that officials might have, official advice (apart from past
advice the Department of Health has given, where a record of this has been
kept) or requests for an official policy statement (again, apart from past
policy statements, where a record has been kept).  There is no obligation
under the FOI Act for public authorities to create new information.

As scientific studies have shown, COVID-19 is an incredibly dangerous
virus, especially to the elderly and at-risk groups. The UK Government
does not cherry-pick and manipulate scientific data and the Department is
committed to the open sharing of scientific advice to guiding our response
to COVID-19 where possible.

Due to the exceptional nature and impact of the pandemic, the approach to
releasing evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies
(SAGE) has changed significantly from previous emergencies, where papers
and minutes were released only at the resolution of the situation. In
recognition of the need of the public to see the current scientific
advice, the Department has already released many of the documents
discussed at SAGE and its sub-committees since the outbreak began. More
are being released on a weekly basis and can be found at [1]www.gov.uk by
searching for ‘Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies COVID-19
response’.

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
Anthony Moses
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
 

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FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Armatage,

Thank you for your email.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for general information and "scientific documentation" rather than requesting specific recorded information, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. It will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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