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Chief Medical Officers recommend move to COVID Alert Level 3

Chief Medical Officers recommend move to COVID Alert Level 3

The UK's Chief Medical Officers have recommended that the UK's COVID-19 alert level be downgraded from level 4 to level 3.

The current level of 4 means that transmission of the virus is "high or rising exponentially", whereas Alert Level 3 means "A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation".

In a statement on Monday, the Chief Medical Officers for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, plus the NHS England National Medical Director said;

"Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 3.

"Thanks to the efforts of the UK public in social distancing and the impact we are starting to see from the vaccination programme, case numbers, deaths and COVID hospital pressures have fallen consistently. However COVID is still circulating with people catching and spreading the virus every day so we all need to continue to be vigilant. This remains a major pandemic globally.

"It is very important that we all continue to follow the guidance closely and everyone gets both doses of the vaccine when they are offered it."

The COVID Alerts System was introduced in May 2020. The UK moved into Alert Level 3 last June, but the alert level was upgraded to 4 again in September. To date, the UK has not been in lower than Alert Level 3.

Coronavirus cases in the UK are currently at their lowest levels in many months. The latest UK-wide case rate is just 21.1 cases per 100,000 people.

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