The prime minister is set to announce a new alert system that will ‘open up the economy and our social lives’ as the UK lockdown eases.
The alert system has been likened to the threat level system currently in place, which assesses the level of threat from terrorism in the UK.
The coronavirus alert system will work in a similar way and has five levels in total.
The UK is currently at level four, but the prime minister is expected to announce tonight that we are close to moving down to level three.
Speaking to Sky News this morning, communities secretary Robert Jenrick said more aspects of the economy and social lives will be opened up as the UK moves through the threat level on the new system.
He told Sophy Ridge: “Many people will be familiar with the threat level we’ve had in this country for some time which measures the ongoing threat of terrorist and other risks to our safety and this is a similar threat level.
“At the moment we believe the country is at four on a scale of five with five being the most concerning and our aspiration is to bring that down as swiftly as we can to three.
“And at each stage, at each of those milestones, we will be in a position to open up and restart more aspects of the economy and of our lives.”
It is understood the new warning system will be administered by a “joint biosecurity centre” and will detect local increases in infection rates, with a view to locally altering restrictions in England.
Mr Jenrick said: “The evidence behind it will also be able to inform what we do at a local level and if we see there are outbreaks in particular localities, neighbourhoods, schools, towns, then we may be able to take particular measures in those places as we build up a more sophisticated and longer-term response to controlling the virus,” he said.
The prime minister will also unveil a new slogan during his address to the nation this evening.
The usual ‘stay home’ line has been replaced by a new message to “stay alert, control the virus and save lives”.
On Monday, the government will publish a 50-page document outlining to MPs the full plan to cautiously re-start the economy after figures suggested the overall death toll for the UK has passed 36,500.