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UK Covid alert reduced to level 2

It has been announced on Wednesday afternoon, 31 August, that the COVID alert level will be reduced from 3 to 2 across the United Kingdom.

The Department of Health states that thanks to the efforts of the UK public in social distancing and the impact we are starting to see from the vaccination programme, case numbers, deaths and COVID hospital pressures have fallen consistently.

However COVID is still circulating with people catching and spreading the virus every day so we all need to continue to be vigilant. This remains a major pandemic globally.

It is very important that we all continue to follow the guidance closely and everyone gets both doses of the vaccine when they are offered it.

A statement from the UK Medical Officers says:

“Based on UKHSA advice, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director have recommended to Ministers the COVID Alert Level moves from Level 3 to Level 2.

“Hospitals and the wider health systems remain extremely busy overall but the summer BA.4 and BA.5 wave is subsiding and direct COVID severe illness is now a much smaller proportion of this.

“Severe COVID cases, direct COVID healthcare pressures, direct COVID deaths and ONS community positivity estimates have decreased. COVID remains present in the community and we may see an increase in cases with BA 4.6 and BA.2.75 circulating but do not expect this to lead to an immediate increase in hospital pressures.

“This will continue to be kept under review.

“Further COVID surges are likely so please be prepared by getting a vaccination when it is offered.”

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Sir Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Professor Sir Michael McBride

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Professor Sir Gregor Smith

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Professor Chris Jones

NHS England National Medical Director, Professor Sir Stephen Powis.

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay and ministers from the devolved administrations have accepted the advice.


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