This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Lives that could have been saved by a March 2020 lockdown'.


 
  
Freedom of Information Team  
 
Department of Health and Social Care  
 
39 Victoria Street 
 
London 
 
SW1H 0EU  
www.gov.uk/dhsc 
 
 
Ms Amanda Hart 
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2 July 2020 
Dear Ms Hart, 
 
Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1232571 
 
Thank you for your request dated 9 June in which you asked the Department of Health and Social 
Care (DHSC):  
 
“Dear Department of Health and Social Care, 
 Please kindly provide the assessments provided to the department from scientists depicting the 
numbers of lives which could have been saved if a lockdown had been introduced in March 2020 
to protect the public from Covid-19. ”  
   
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 
 
I have considered your request for information, but I am unable to answer it without further 
clarification. Section 1(3) of the FOIA does not oblige us to answer requests where we require 
further clarification to identify and locate the information requested.  
 
So that I provide you with the right information, please can you explain what information you 
require.  As ‘lockdown’ did occur in March 2020, do you require an estimate of the number of 
Covid- related deaths that might have occurred if lockdown had happened before March 2020?  On 
receipt of this information I will continue to process your request. 
 
Please be aware that we cannot guarantee at this stage that a clarified request will fall within the 
FOIA cost limit, or that other exemptions will not apply. 
 
 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Ed Franklyn 
Freedom of Information Officer 
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