The coronavirus alert level is set to move from three to four in the UK.
The alert level should be raised to Level 4, the chief medical officers of the UK countries have said in a joint statement. If the level reaches 5 then a full lockdown will be enforced.
The statement said, “The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended that the Covid-19 alert level should move from Level 3 (a Covid-19 epidemic is in general circulation) to Level 4 (a Covid-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially).
“The CMOs for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reviewed the evidence and recommend all four nations of the UK should move to Level 4.”
“After a period of lower Covid cases and deaths, the number of cases are now rising rapidly and probably exponentially in significant parts of all four nations.”
The seven day rolling average of new infections has tripled in recent weeks.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus in England is the highest it has been since June.
A further 4,368 cases were confirmed in the UK according to the latest Government figures. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 398,625.
Latest data shows 205 people with Covid-19 were admitted to hospital in England on Friday. On Saturday a further 204 people were sent to hospital. This takes the figures for people hospitalized by coronavirus in England up to 116,254.
Boris Johnson will chair a COBRA meeting tomorrow morning to discuss the next steps. The Cabinet received a detailed briefing from the Government’s chief advisers over the weekend.
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