Department of Health & Social Care policy paper: Coronavirus Act, May 2020

The UK government’s coronavirus action plan, published on 3 March, set out measures to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic that are’ reasonable, proportionate and based on the latest scientific evidence’. Specifically, it detailed:

  • What the Government knew about the virus and the disease it causes
  • How the Government has planned for an infectious disease pandemic
  • What the Government planned to do next, depending on the course the coronavirus pandemic took
  • The role the public could play in supporting this response, now and in the future

The Act enabled action in 5 key areas:

  • Increasing the available health and social care workforce
  • Easing and reacting to the burden on frontline staff
  • Containing and slowing the virus
  • Managing the deceased with respect and dignity
  • Supporting people

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