SAGE ceases to publish documents related to coronavirus meetings – as a token of respect for Prince Philip
- Downing Street confirmed that there will be an affective two-week blackout
- Usually documents are published on Friday afternoons each week
- They were last published on April 9th - the day the Duke of Edinburgh died
- They won’t be released until April 23 as a token of respect for Duke
Downing Street reportedly confirmed that SAGE Scientific Advisory Group documents will suffer a power outage for two weeks.
Usually documents are published on Friday afternoons each week. They were last published on April 9th - the day the Duke of Edinburgh died.
But as a token of respect for Philip, whose funeral is today, they will not be published again until April 23, reported Der Spiegel.
The government’s scientific advisory body has stopped publishing articles on the coronavirus pandemic as a token of respect for Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are pictured in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle before his 99th birthday last year
Number 10 had previously confirmed that there would be eight days of mourning in the run-up to Philip’s funeral.
They said there would be no coronavirus press conferences and no ministers would give media interviews.
At public events, ministers were also told to wear dark clothes and a black tie.
The official spokesman for the prime minister told Spiegel: “As we did during the pandemic, we will continue to publish SAGE papers.
Number 10 had previously confirmed that there would be eight days of mourning in the run-up to Philip’s funeral
“If they aren’t published this week, they will be published next week.”
The Queen will bid farewell to Philip during a televised memorial service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle today.
Only a small group of close family members and friends visit it due to coronavirus restrictions.
Regulations have reduced the scope of the service as public elements have been removed, mourners have been reduced from around 800 to just 30, and all guests wore face masks and sat separately.
But Philip’s children and grandchildren have paid tribute to his life and legacy, and welcomed the support and warm words of the public that flowers and cards have left.
Philip’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen and “courage, steadfastness and faith” are celebrated at his funeral.