Covid-19 alert level reduced from 4 to 3 after drop in cases and deaths

The Covid-19 alert level has been reduced from 4 to 3 following a fall in cases and deaths, the government has announced.

In a joint statement, the UK’s top medical chiefs said they had agreed that the most recent data allowed for the risk rating to be lowered.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce further easing of lockdown measures is to go ahead at a press conference this evening.

Entering step 3 of the Covid-19 ‘roadmap’ will allow people to meet indoors for the first time since New Year, in groups of up to six people and two households.

Pubs, restaurants and remaining holiday accommodation will likely be able to reopen under these conditions indoors, with groups of up to 30 allowed outdoors.

The statement, signed by England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty alongside his counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and NHS England National Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis, reads: “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.”

The Covid alert level scale
The Covid alert level scale

The chiefs added: “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.

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“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.”

It comes after latest figures show a third of UK adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a total of 17,669,379 people having received both jabs – the equivalent of 33.5% of all people aged 18 and over.

Overall more than 53 million vaccine doses have been administered in the UK.

The five Covid alert levels are:

  • Level five – a “material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed” – extremely strict social distancing
  • Level four – a high or rising level of transmission – enforced social distancing
  • Level three – the virus is in general circulation – social distancing relaxed
  • Level two – the number of cases and transmission are low – minimal social distancing
  • Level one – Covid-19 is no longer present in the UK – no social distancing



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