UK lowers COVID-19 alert level

19 June, 2020 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

The UK’s chief medical officers have agreed that the threat from COVID-19 can be lowered one level on the alert scale, from “transmission is high or rising exponentially” to “epidemic is in general circulation”.

A news release from the Scottish Government this morning said: “The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended that the COVID-19 alert level should move from Level 4 (COVID-19 is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially) to Level 3 (COVID-19 is in general circulation).

“The CMOs for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reviewed the evidence and agree with this recommendation to move to Level 3 across the UK.

“There has been a steady decrease in cases we have seen in all four nations, and this continues. It does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur.

“We have made progress against the virus thanks to the efforts of the public and we need the public to continue to follow the guidelines carefully to ensure this progress continues.”

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