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COVID takes dangerous turn in UK

11:01 PM Sep 21, 2020 | Aditi Khanna

Britain has turned a corner in the coronavirus pandemic in a "bad sense", which means infections will rise at a dangerous pace unless tougher action is taken, the UK's top medical advisor said on Monday.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Chris Whitty joined the government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance, at a Downing Street briefing to present a host of charts and data to warn that the rate at which coronavirus is spreading across the country could see 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October without further restrictions. Their warnings indicate that tighter lockdown measures on household interactions and hospitality businesses are imminent.

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Meanwhile, The UK government on Monday raised its coronavirus alert level from three to four, which indicates that the transmission of the virus is high and rising "exponentially".

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The Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of all four regions of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales - issued a joint statement to confirm the change in the alert level for all parts of the UK as the prospect of a second nationwide lockdown looks imminent.

"The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended that the COVID-19 alert level should move from Level 3 (a COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation) to Level 4 (a COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially)," the CMOs said.

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