Press release: Statement from Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty on national alert levels

We have faced several grave moments during our battle against coronavirus. But right now, the country is perhaps facing the most serious yet.The new, more transmissible variant of this disease is spreading rapidly across the country and having tragic consequences. On Monday the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers and the NHS Medical Director recommended raising the national alert level to the maximum of level 5 for the first time. This means that without further action there is a material risk of our healthcare services being overwhelmed within 21 days. Since then the situation has deteriorated further.Hospitals are always busy in the winter but the NHS in some parts…

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Guidance: UK COVID-19 alert level methodology: an overview

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COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers

Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England Medical Director recommend that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 5. Many parts of the health systems in the 4 nations are already under immense pressure. There are currently very high rates of community transmission, with substantial numbers of COVID patients in hospitals and in intensive care. Cases are rising almost everywhere, in much of the country driven by the new more transmissible variant. We are not confident that the NHS can handle a further sustained rise in…

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COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers

Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England Medical Director recommend that the UK alert level should move from level 4 to level 5. Many parts of the health systems in the 4 nations are already under immense pressure. There are currently very high rates of community transmission, with substantial numbers of COVID patients in hospitals and in intensive care. Cases are rising almost everywhere, in much of the country driven by the new more transmissible variant. We are not confident that the NHS can handle a further sustained rise in…

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Detailed guide: Tier 3: Very High alert

Find out what tier your area is inSee an overview of the rules for Tier 3This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for:You can also read alternative formats of this guidance.Hands. Face. SpaceOne in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it.Remember, Hands. Face. Space: hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet space: stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live…

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Detailed guide: Tier 2: High alert

Find out what tier your area is inSee an overview of the rules for Tier 2This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for:You can also read alternative formats of this guidance.Hands. Face. SpaceOne in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it.Remember, Hands. Face. Space: hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet space: stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live…

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Detailed guide: Tier 1: Medium alert

Find out what tier your area is inSee an overview of the rules for Tier 1This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for:You can also read alternative formats of this guidance.Hands. Face. SpaceOne in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it.Remember - Hands. Face. Space: hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet space: stay 2 metres apart from people you do not…

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Detailed guide: Tier 3: Very High alert

On Christmas day (25 December) different rules on social contact will apply.Find out what tier your area is inSee an overview of the rules for Tier 3This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for:You can also read alternative formats of this guidance.Hands. Face. SpaceOne in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it.Remember, Hands. Face. Space: hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet…

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Detailed guide: Tier 3: Very High alert

On Christmas day (25 December) different rules on social contact will apply.Find out what tier your area is inSee an overview of the rules for Tier 3This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for:You can also read alternative formats of this guidance.Hands. Face. SpaceOne in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it.Remember, Hands. Face. Space: hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet…

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Detailed guide: Tier 2: High alert

On Christmas Day (25 December) different rules on social contact will apply.Find out what tier your area is inSee an overview of the rules for Tier 2This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for:You can also read alternative formats of this guidance.Hands. Face. SpaceOne in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it.Remember, Hands. Face. Space: hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet…

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