COVID-19: NHS alert level should be lowered, health boss says

The boss of NHS England has recommended lowering the COVID emergency alert level because of reduced hospital admissions.

Chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said that 34,000 people in hospital severely ill with COVID in mid-January had now reduced to 4,000.

“As a result of those much reduced acute pressures on the health service, today I’m recommending that we reduce the national alert level across the health service from level four to level three and that would take effect today,” he added.

Level four of the the Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Framework is “an incident that requires NHS England national command and control to support the NHS Response”.

Level three means “an incident that requires the response of a number of health organisations across geographical areas within a NHS England region”.

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