Coronavirus (COVID-19) alert level goes down and NHS pressures ease

Coronavirus (COVID-19) alert level goes down and NHS pressures ease

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a joint statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations, as the likelihood of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic overwhelming the NHS has reduced. The CMOs noted that 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 the 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.’ The CMOs stressed that transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still ‘very high’ and so the public should ‘remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines’.

Source: COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers (25 February 2021)

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