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Virus on back foot! UK's Covid alert level lowered from 4 to 3 as hospital admissions fall

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Due to falling numbers of patients in hospitals, England’s healthcare provider has now moved from level four to level three. Level three means the Covid virus is in general circulation, but level four means that transmission is high or rising exponentially.

NHS England Chief executive Simon Stevens said: “We had over 34,000 severely ill Covid patients in our hospitals in mid January.

“That number is now 4,000 and although that is still about 400 more Covid patients than we had this same day a year ago, nevertheless that very sharp decrease in the number of patients with Covid in hospital is a consequence of both declining infection rates across the community and the impact that’s now being felt from the vaccination programme.

“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 – the EPRR alert level – from level four to level three, and that would take effect today.”

It comes as a further 73 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 86,053, NHS England said today.

Patients were aged between 34 and 101 and all except five (aged between 60 and 86) had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between March 30 last year and March 24 this year, with the majority being after March 18 2021.

There were 24 other deaths reported with no positive Covid test result.

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