🎥 The Importance of Using Local Data

Jason asked the Health Secretary Matt Hancock about the importance of good local data in helping Kirklees Council to continue their good work in tackling Covid cases in our community.

Jason McCartney MP

Up to last Friday, the rates of covid-19 infection had dropped in Kirklees over the previous seven days, but we have had recent outbreaks, raising fears among my constituents of local lockdowns.

Does my right hon. Friend agree that timely postcode-level data will assist Kirklees Council’s director of public health and all its officers, who have been doing an excellent job, so that they can continue to target the outbreaks with local measures in our community?

Matt Hancock MP

Yes, that is exactly the plan.

They got that data at postcode level last week, and they will now get even more detail, including the identities of people who have tested positive, so that they can support them and work with NHS test and trace yet more effectively.

Kirklees has been proactive in how it has managed the outbreaks it has had so far. It had outbreaks about a month ago, which it got right on top of, and it is working very hard in the current circumstances.