Coronavirus alert level three could see the Government downgrade its warning system for the first time since it introduced the five-tier system earlier this year. The latest recommendation from the Joint Biosecurity Centre comes as it changes its assessment of the local pandemic.
The latest decision from the centre means the epidemic is in general circulation but transmission is no longer “high or rising exponentially”, the chief medical officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have said.
Level three means the virus is in general circulation – and also that social distancing measures and restrictions will be gradually relaxed.
The key difference between level three and level four is it omits the statement “transmission is high or rising exponentially”.
Both Government officials and the media alike has questioned why the Government has remained on its second-highest alert level, despite easing several coronavirus measures.