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30 January 2020

NHSE/I declares a Level 4 National Incident

Introduced by

NHS England and Improvement

Targeted at

NHS leaders


Declared on 30 January 2020. Further detail in letter on 2 March (separate entry)

Stated aims

Not stated


The declaration of a Level 4 National Incident triggers what is later referred to as the 'first phase of the NHS’s preparation and response' to COVID-19.


NHSE/I letter – Covid-19 NHS preparedness and response

NHSE/I letter – Second phase of NHS response to Covid-19