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Continue to fund the ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey

Submitted by Jane Knight on Sunday 13th February 2022

Published on Thursday 17th February 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 17th August 2022

Signatures: 1,634

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Capacity ~ case ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Economy ~ February ~ fund ~ Leading ~ Sage ~ Tested ~ testing ~ Tool ~ World-leading

Petition Action

Continue to fund the ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey

Petition Details

Do not Sstop funding this vital, unbiased source of data on covid prevalence in the community in the UK. Other case data depends on testing availability/behaviour whereas the ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey provides valuable information that is not impacted by testing issues.

Additional Information

SAGE reiterated this February that the ONS Infection Survey is "a critical tool for understanding the state of the epidemic."

We must keep the survey as it is to maintain our world-leading surveillance capacity to track the development of future variants which could be worse. Scaling it back would be a false economy that could spectacularly backfire.

If free testing is removed it will be even more vital.

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