Reading the transcript of Whitty in the committee hearing on 21 July 2020 does the quote below mean what I think it means, lockdown not necessary?:
"If you look at the R, and the behaviours, quite a lot of the change that led to the R going below one occurred well before, or to some extent before, the 23rd, when the full lockdown started.”
Plus the “medical advice from 30 January 2020 so that Hancock could put out the serious and imminent threat declaration and start the ball rolling with the first Coronavirus S.I. on 10th February 2020 I received back the FOI request from the DHSC about the medical advice prior to the serious and imminent threat declaration being issued.
Government’s legal department said this would be too expensive to find so refused the original FOI request. The main bit of the reply is a link to this page on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-four-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-novel-coronavirus Apparently the information has been in the public domain since 30th January 2020 - I’ve searched the DHSC website a few times prior to submitting the request and could never find this webpage or announcement and it was not linked to on the serious and imminent threat webpage either. There is nothing on it to suggest any major threat, just the comment: "the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers consider it prudent for our governments to escalate planning and preparation in case of a more widespread outbreak. For that reason, we are advising an increase of the UK risk level from low to moderate. This does not mean we think the risk to individuals in the UK has changed at this stage, but that government should plan for all eventualities." So where is the scary bit to justify the incarceration of the population and destroy the economy?