Pandemic easing

Virus threat downgrade raises two metre hopes

George IV pub

Pubs are calling for a relaxation of the distancing rule

Pressure mounted for a relaxation of the two metre rule today after the chief medical officers for the four UK nations agreed to downgrade the coronavirus threat to level three.

The chief medical officers for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland sitting on the joint biosecurity centre now judge that transmission is “no longer high or rising exponentially”.

In a statement the CMOs – Professor Chris Whitty for England, Dr Michael McBride for Northern Ireland, Dr Gregor Smith for Scotland and Dr Chris Jones for Wales – said: “There has been a steady decrease in cases we have seen in all four nations, and this continues.

“It does not mean that the pandemic is over. The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur.

“We have made progress against the virus thanks to the efforts of the public and we need the public to continue to follow the guidelines carefully to ensure this progress continues.”

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