Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs in Parliament in London, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Picture: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs in Parliament in London, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Picture: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

UK lowers Covid-19 alert level to epidemic from exponential

By Guy Faulconbridge Time of article published Jun 19, 2020

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LONDON - The UK's chief

medical officers have agreed that the Covid-19 threat level

should be lowered one notch to "epidemic is in general

circulation" from "transmission is high or rising

exponentially".

The Joint Biosecurity Centre recommended the Covid-19 alert

level should move to level 3 - a Covid-19 epidemic is in general

circulation - from level 4 - a Covid-19 epidemic is in general

circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially.

"There has been a steady decrease in cases we have seen in

all four nations, and this continues," the chief medical

officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland said.

"It does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is

still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely

to occur."

The United Kingdom has a Covid-19 death toll of more than

50,000 based on official data including fatalities where it is

mentioned on death certificates, making it one of the worst hit

countries in the world.

More than 8.5 million people have been reported to be

infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 452,992​ have

died, according to a Reuters tally.

When the UK threat level was introduced in mid May, the

level was set at 4 - "a Covid-19 epidemic is in general

circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially".

"The UK moving to a lower alert level is a big moment for

the country, and a real testament to the British people's

determination to beat this virus," Health Secretary Matt Hancock

said. 

Reuters

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