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.