The government plans to measure the severity of Covid-19 in England, with a new five-level, colour-coded alert system.

  • Level five (red) - a "material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed" - extremely strict social distancing
  • Level four - a high or rising level of transmission - enforced social distancing 
  • Level three - the virus is in general circulation - social distancing relaxed
  • Level two - the number of cases and transmission are low - minimal social distancing
  • Level one (green) - Covid-19 is no longer present in the UK - no social distancing

  • The UK's current position is best described as level four - the virus is still being transmitted widely and many social-distancing measures will not be relaxed.