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COVID-19 variant and restrictions questions: FOI release

Published: 30 Sep 2021

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
30 Sep 2021
COVID-19 variant and restrictions questions: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202100230522
Date received: 12 Aug 2021
Date responded: 3 Sep 2021
Information requested

1. Is your organisation currently following any Corona Virus COVID 19 Restrictions.? Yes or No answer required – plus details of any procedures.

2. Can your organisation provide me with the evidence that COVID 19 exists?. Yes or No answer required – plus the information that you rely on.

3. Can your organisation provide me with the evidence that the COVID 19 Delta Variant exists? Yes or No answer required – plus the information that you rely on if yes.

4. Can your organisation provide me with the evidence of the test used to isolate the COVID 19 Delta Variant and other Variants that you assume exist?. Yes or No answer required. If yes, please supply.

5. Has your organisation assessed the radiation impact to the population from 4GLTE 5G technology that may cause corona virus, COVID 19 symptoms?. Yes or No answer required – plus the relevant documents.

6. Does your organisation uphold the rule of law in this Country as well as international treaties?. Yes or No answer required.

7. Does your organisation know the penalties for breaking the law on mass murder, blackmail, coercion of experimental medical procedures? Please answer Yes or No and state them if yes.

Response

Some of the information you have requested is available from website links that I have hyperlinked into the reply.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. 

1. Is your organisation currently following any Corona Virus COVID 19 Restrictions?

Yes  – the procedures that we have been and are currently following are detailed in the general workplace advice provided by the Scottish Government to all employers.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to offices - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).

2. Can your organisation provide me with the evidence that COVID 19 exists?

Yes – The evidence is under continual review. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

Throughout the epidemic, having a clear route for synthesising scientific evidence and presenting that to Government is important. To do this, scientific advice is provided by the Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group, details of which can be found at
https://www.gov.scot/groups/scottish-government-covid-19-advisory-group/. The Scottish Government is informed by SAGE, and its sub groups. Details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response-membership/list-of-participants-of-sage-and-related-sub-groups. The latest publically available evidence from SAGE is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response.

In addition, according to World Health Organisation (WHO), the virus was identified by Chinese authorities on January 7, 2020 : WHO/Europe | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak - About the virus. The WHO defines a suspected, probable and confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 infection as follows: WHO COVID-19 Case definition. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published clinical characteristics of COVID 19 here: Clinical characteristics of COVID-19 (europa.eu). Public Health England and NHS England also report information detailing symptoms, mode of transmission, case/contact definition and situational reports regarding COVID-19: COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and Coronavirus » About coronavirus (COVID-19) (england.nhs.uk).

3. Can your organisation provide me with the evidence that the COVID 19 Delta Variant exists?

Yes – Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

Throughout the epidemic, having a clear route for synthesising scientific evidence and presenting that to Government is important. To do this, scientific advice is provided by the Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group, details of which can be found at
https://www.gov.scot/groups/scottish-government-covid-19-advisory-group/. The Scottish Government is informed by SAGE, and its sub groups. Details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response-membership/list-of-participants-of-sage-and-related-sub-groups. The latest publically available evidence from SAGE is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response. The evidence is under continual review.

In addition, SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2, or Indian variant is a variant of lineage B.1.617 of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It was first detected in India in late 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) named it the Delta variant on 31 May 2021: Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants (who.int). The Delta variant has mutations in the gene encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein causing the substitutions D614G, T478K, P681R and L452R. It is identified as the 21A clade under the Nextstrain phylogenetic classification system: Nextstrain / ncov / gisaid / global Information on the prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in the world  and characteristic mutations in lineage can be found here: outbreak.info

4. Can your organisation provide me with the evidence of the test used to isolate the COVID 19 Delta Variant and other Variants that you assume exist?

Yes - Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

However to assist you with your query, multiple scientific papers that are publically accessible, have documented that they were able to isolate SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of Covid-19. The following hyperlink will direct you to some of the papers that detail the isolation of the virus. Isolation of SARS-COV-2 - Google Scholar.

5. Has your organisation assessed the radiation impact to the population from 4GLTE 5G technology that may cause corona virus, COVID 19 symptoms?

No. Currently all regulation and legislative competence in the area of telecommunications, including 5G, is wholly reserved to UK Ministers and the UK Parliament under the provisions of the Scotland Act 1998.

Please see further information on the UK Government website at: 5G and coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) where it reaffirms that, ‘There is no evidence of a link between 5G and coronavirus. These theories have been rejected by scientific experts in the World Health Organisation and Full Fact, a UK-based independent fact checking charity.  Viruses cannot travel on radio waves or mobile networks. Coronavirus is also spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.  Full Fact makes clear there is no evidence that 5G is harmful to humans and it is not accelerating the spread of coronavirus.  Ofcom has produced guidance to address the myths around 5G and coronavirus, while the UK’s mobile network operators (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) have issued a joint statement highlighting that there is no scientific evidence of any link between 5G and coronavirus.

Please also note the 2019 Scottish Government Health position statement on 5G and health: 5G and public health: position statement - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

6. Does your organisation uphold the rule of law in this Country as well as international treaties?

Yes.

7. Does your organisation know the penalties for breaking the law on mass murder, blackmail, coercion of experimental medical procedures?

Yes - The penalty under the criminal law for murder (whether mass murder or murder of one person) is life imprisonment.  Blackmail would be covered by the common law of extortion which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.  It is not possible to answer the question in respect of coercion of experimental medical procedures as there is insufficient information provided to assess against the operation of criminal laws.

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