UK coronavirus alert level lowered to Level 3 in 'big moment for country'

The UK's coronavirus alert level has been reduced from four to three, the Government has announced.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 10:52 am
Updated Friday, 19th June 2020, 10:52 am

The UK's chief medical officers said the move has been recommended by the Joint Biosecurity Centre after a "steady decrease" in COVID-19 cases in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Level 4 means the virus is in general circulation, and that transmission is high or rising exponentially; level 3 means the epidemic is in general circulation.

In a statement, the UK's chief medical officers said: "There has been a steady decrease in cases we have seen in all four nations, and this continues.

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The UK's coronavirus alert level has been reduced.

"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."