The UK’s coronavirus alert level has been lowered today by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) from 5 to 4 as infection rates are “consistently declining.”
The NHS across the whole of the UK are still “under significant pressure” and the threat to the health system being overwhelmed in 21 days has now been reduced.
The NHS director and the four medical chiefs across the UK said in statement, “Following advice from the JBC and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK chief medical officers and NHS England national medical director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.
“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.
“We should be under no illusions, transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high.
“In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer.
“However for the time being it is really important that we all, vaccinated or not remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.”