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9:18 p.m. ET, May 10, 2020

New alert system will help guide UK on social distancing measures, prime minister says

From CNN’s Arnaud Siad and Nada Bashir

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new system would be run by a “new joint biosecurity center.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new system would be run by a “new joint biosecurity center.” Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street via AP

The United Kingdom is introducing a new Covid-19 alert system to help keep the rate of infection low, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday.

During a taped address to the nation, Johnson said the new system would be run by a “new joint biosecurity center” and will determine “how tough we have to be in our social distancing measures” in the weeks and months ahead. 

Under the new system, level 1 would indicate that “the disease is no longer present in the UK,” while level 5 indicates a “critical” level, with the National Health Service unable to cope. 

“The lower the level, the fewer the measures; the higher the level, the tougher and stricter we will have to be,” Johnson outlined.

According to the prime minister, the country has been at level 4 during the lockdown period, but can now begin to take the steps needed to move to level 3.