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UK Covid alert level moves down to 3 – here’s what it means

London lockdown: Hancock reveals city moves to ‘high’ alert level

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Health officials have lowered England’s Covid alert level as the tide of national infections slowly recedes. Hospital staff are now bearing a much smaller load of patients, allowing authorities to step back and reevaluate the picture. NHS chiefs have noted the reduction in “acute pressure” and the UK’s vaccination programme have made dents in the number of hospitalisations.

What does level three mean?

Covid level three reflects the state of the pandemic in the UK.

NHS England chief Sir Simon Stevens said the move is effective from today thanks to a “sharp decrease” in patient numbers.

He said: “We had over 34,000 severely ill coronavirus patients in our hospitals in mid-January.

“That number is now 4,000 and although that is still about 400 more Covid patients than we had this same day a year ago.”

Sir Simon added the “sharp increase” in patients was due to declining community infection rates and the impact of the vaccine programme.

He said: “As a result of those much reduced acute pressures on the health service, today I’m recommending that we reduce the national alert level across the health service from level four to level three, and that would take effect today.”

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