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UK Covid Alert Level drops from 4 to 3

Health chiefs have reduced the COVID Alert Level in the UK.


There are five levels:

Level five (red) – a “material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed”

Level four – a high or rising level of transmission

Level three – the virus is in general circulation

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Level two – the number of cases and transmission are low

Level one (green) – Covid-19 is no longer present in the UK

Health chiefs said:

“Based on advice from UKHSA, we the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England Medical Director have recommended to ministers that COVID Alert Level should move from level 4 to level 3.

“The current BA.2 driven Omicron wave is subsiding. Direct COVID-19 healthcare pressures continue to decrease in all nations and ONS community positivity estimates continue to decrease.

“We would like to thank healthcare staff for their remarkable efforts during a challenging time. Whilst it is reasonable to expect the number of cases to increase due to BA.4, BA.5 or BA2.12.1, it is unlikely in the immediate future to lead to significant direct COVID pressures. This will continue to be kept under review.”

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Gregor Smith

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton

NHS England National Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis

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