By World Healthcare Journal-
Today the Chief Medical Officers announced that the coronavirus alert level in the UK is being downgraded from level four to three on the five-point scale.
This means that the virus is now “in general circulation”, allowing for a gradual easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures. Threat level four meant that the virus prevalence was “high” or “rising exponentially”.
According to government advisers, the move was made after the Joint Biosecurity Centre observed a “steady decrease” in Covid-19 cases across all four nations and recommended the lowering of the virus threat level.
“It does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur,” said the UK’s Chief Medical Officers in an official statement.
“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. ”
Current confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK stand at more than 300,000. However, active cases are estimated to be at 120,000 according to a global tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The UK has seen a marked decrease in daily cases throughout the month of June, with the average for the month now in the mid-1000s - far less than in May or April.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock expressed his satisfaction at the decision, describing the lowering of the alert level as a "big moment" for the UK, and that it showed "the Government's plan is working" in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
This move comes as PM Boris Johnson has expressed his intention to further reopen the economy, telling the public to “watch this space” with regards to lowering social distancing measures to one metre instead of two. Last week, more restrictions were relaxed, enabling shops such as clothing stores to reopen, and for single-person households to create a “support bubble” with one other household.
“When we go forward to July 4, which is the next big stage in the plan, we hope there will be more guidance out very shortly that will help people, help businesses, help hospitality to prepare for that and how to implement social distancing in a safe way, while also enabling people to go back to shops, hospitality, restaurants and everything else,” says PM Boris Johnson.
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