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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has outlined the government response to the Coronavirus – including enhanced monitoring at airports and ports, designated hospitals ready for mass testing, guidance for schools and employers, and the roll out of a public information campaign.
In Scotland, the Chief Medical Officer said it was “highly likely” there would be a positive case and the Scottish government has established two testing labs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
But with the country in a state of limbo, the government cannot provide cast iron assurances, but it CAN ready us for an outbreak. So has it?
Policy editor Lewis Goodall.
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