After reviewing the proof, the four Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have advise all 4 UK countries should transfer to level 4.
The CMOs are prompting UK people to follow social distancing guidelines, use face coverings and clean their hands regularly to prevent “significant excess deaths” and additional pressure on the NHS and other health services over the fall and winter season.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre has suggested that the COVID-19 alert level should move from level 3 (COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation) to level 4 (COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation, transmission is high or rising tremendously), as the UK is experiencing a rapid rise in coronavirus cases.
” After a period of lower COVID cases and deaths, the number of cases are now increasing rapidly and most likely significantly in substantial parts of all 4 countries,” the statement checks out. “We understand this will be a worrying news for many individuals. Please follow the rules, take care of each other and together we will survive this.”
Moving the COVID-19 alert level from level 3 to level 4
Level 4 shows a high or increasing level of COVID-19 in the UK, which implies a variety of new, tighter procedures will be imposed throughout all 4 nations.
In a current statement to Parliament, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock stated: “We know that the epidemic is currently doubling around every 7 days and that if we continue this trajectory, we might see 50,000 cases a day by mid-October.”
At the time, the UK coronavirus alert level sat at level 3, implying that the infection stayed in basic blood circulation with localised outbreaks.
At the beginning of August 2020, a letter was provided throughout the NHS signalling that the service had gone into the 3rd stage of its coronavirus action and detailed the NHS priorities.
As levels of the virus had actually lowered in the UK, the NHS was directed to prioritise meeting the requirements of non-COVID patients, which had actually been developing throughout the pandemic, beginning with the most urgent scientific cases. The NHS was also directed to partly bring back key health services, consisting of all cancer services and social work.
According to the most recent figures from the UK Government, on 23rd August 2020, there were 1,160 new validated COVID-19 cases in the UK. By 18th September 2020, this figure has actually practically quadrupled, with the number of new cases in the UK striking 4,322.
However, as the number of new COVID-19 cases have actually increased at significant levels over the last 30 days, the UK CMOs are recommending all 4 nations to transfer to coronavirus alert level 4.
” After a duration of lower COVID cases and deaths, the number of cases are now rising quickly and probably significantly in substantial parts of all 4 countries,” the statement reads. “We know this will be a worrying news for many individuals. Please follow the guidelines, appearance after each other and together we will get through this.”