What did the government know about coronavirus before christmas?

Waiting for an internal review by Department of Health and Social Care of their handling of this request.

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

There has been a lot of speculation about what the government knew during the early stages of the pandemic. I believe that we the public have been denied information about what the government knew in advance of the crisis and I think we deserve to be told the truth.

Yours faithfully,

richard clarke

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1242920

Dear Mr Clarke,
Thank you for your correspondence of 25 July about coronavirus. I have
been asked to reply.

COVID-19 is the biggest challenge the UK, together with other nations
around the world, has faced in decades. The Government, the NHS, the
public and private sectors, and many more, have been working day and night
in the fight against the virus.

The fact that this is a new virus has been a key feature of the response
from the start. It has inherently been a continuous and active process of
learning, reviewing, adapting and responding as we discover more about how
the virus works in light of the latest scientific research and available

As the Government has made clear, at some point in the future there will
be an opportunity for it to look back, to reflect and to learn lessons.
However, at the moment, the important thing is to focus on responding to
the current pandemic. The Government has set out its strategic response to
COVID-19 in its recovery strategy, which can be found at [1]www.gov.uk by
searching for ‘our plan to rebuild’

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
Toni Peters
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care

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