England to ease COVID-19 curbs further on May 17
Gulf Today|May 11, 2021
Chief medical officers agreed to lower the COVID-19 alert level to 3, which means the epidemic is in general circulation, from 4, which means transmission is high or rising exponentially

LONDON

The United Kingdom’s chief medical officers on Monday agreed to lower the COVID-19 alert level to 3, which means the epidemic is in general circulation, from 4, which means transmission is high or rising exponentially.

“Thanks to the efforts of the UK public in social distancing and the impact we are starting to see from the vaccination programme, case numbers, deaths and COVID hospital pressures have fallen consistently,” the UK’s four chief medical officers said in a joint statement.

“However COVID is still circulating with people catching and spreading the virus every day so we all need to continue to be vigilant. This remains a major pandemic globally.”

England will press ahead with plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions further on May 17, including allowing people to meet indoors, thanks to favourable data on infections and vaccines, the government said on Sunday.

The country is in the process of gradually liting its latest lockdown over a period of months, in line with a four-step plan unveiled in February.

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