I received back the FOI request from the DHSC about the medical advice prior to the serious and imminent threat declaration being issued.
My original FOI request was to the Government’s legal department and they said this would be too expensive to find so refused the request.
Attached the reply from the DHSC and it is very interesting. The main bit of the reply is a link to this page on the gov.uk website:
Apaprently 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 imminenet 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.”
Nothing scary there and nothing to justify what happened next on February 10th 2020 with the start of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 – which is actually a Statutory Instrument, not an Act of Parliament so the naming is done to confuse you.