Covid-19 threat level raised to four as case numbers climb in recent weeks
The government has raised the Covid-19 threat level to four after new daily cases rose by around 2,000 compared to two weeks ago.
The number of new cases in the last twenty-four hours currently stands at 4,368, although death figures remain low.
The threat level change comes after Sir Patrick Vallance said earlier today that "we think the epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days. If, and that's quite a big if, but if that continues unabated, and this grows, doubling every seven days... if that continued you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October per day."
The rise in threat level has grown from what is described as "virus in general circulation and gradual relaxation of restrictions" (level 3) to "transmission is high or rising exponentially and social distancing continues" (level 4)
This is one below the highest level of 5 which is described by the government as "risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed and lockdown begins."