The UK government lowered the coronavirus pandemic alert level from four to three this Friday, a day after the country exceeded 300,000 cases of COVID-19, provided the risk of getting infected was lower each time .
Boris Johnson’s executive thus follows the recommendation of medical experts who proposed a warning reduction, set on a five-level scale where the imminent risk of health service saturation would be greatest.
Level four represents a “high or increasing” level of transmission, while level three reflects “general circulation”. The UK Department of Health reported 1,346 new cases of COVID-19 this Friday, bringing the total to 301,815 while the death toll rose to 42,461, 173 more.
Minister Matt Hancock highlighted on Twitter that the reduction in the warning “is a great moment for the country” and “reflects the determination of the British people to overcome the virus”. “The government’s plan is working,” said the health minister.