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COVID alert level downgraded as threat of NHS being overwhelmed recedes

Written by on 25/02/2021

The UK’s COVID-19 alert level has been downgraded, with the threat of the NHS being overwhelmed receding.

The UK’s chief medical officers say the alert level should move from 5 to 4 – meaning that transmission is now “high or rising exponentially”.

Previously, at level 5, there was “a risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed”.

“Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre 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,” a statement said.

“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.

“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”

 Sky News

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