UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a new system of Covid-19 alert levels in England as authorities try to curb rising numbers of infections in the country, according to a government statement.
The country will be placed into “medium,” “high” and “very high” alert levels, the statement said, adding that "the government is working with local leaders to decide which areas are covered by the very high alert level, and the appropriate interventions in those areas."
Johnson is expected to outline details of new measures when he addresses lawmakers at the House of Commons on Monday.
The Prime Minister updated the cabinet members on Sunday, and he will chair a meeting of the government’s COBRA committee on Monday morning to determine the final interventions to announce in Parliament. Lawmakers will be asked to debate and vote on these measures later in the week, according to the statement.
“We must do everything we can to protect the NHS (National Health Service) and make sure it can continue to deliver the essential services that so many people rely on," a Downing Street spokesperson said.
“This is a critical juncture and it is absolutely vital that everyone follows the clear guidance," the spokesperson added.