Chris Whitty lowers UK's Covid alert level from 4 to 3 – Boris to announce scrapping rules

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England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and his counterparts in the rest of the UK signed off on the move following a significant drop in daily coronavirus infections in recent weeks.

The alert level is now at the same as it was last summer, as the UK begins to see light at the end of the tunnel of the pandemic nightmare.

The virus is now said to be in “general circulation” according to the alert level.

Just five month ago the UK was at level five, meaning there was a “risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed”.

In a joint statement, the UK’s chief medical officers said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 3.

“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.”

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