The virus is now considered to be "in general circulation" with possible further "gradual relaxation of restrictions". This latest move comes after what are claimed to be steady decreases in infection and death rates across the country. Health Secretary Matt Hancock declared the change as "a big moment for the country" which showed that the government's plan was working.
'The UK moving to a lower alert level is a big moment for the country, and a real testament to the British people's determination to beat this virus.
'The Government's plan is working. Infection rates are rapidly falling, we have protected the NHS and, thanks to the hard work of millions in our health and social care services, we are getting the country back on her feet.'
The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended the Covid-19 alert level - the five-tier system unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in May - should now be reduced.
Health bosses stress however that despite falling infection rates the pandemic is far from over with localised outbreaks likely in the future.
The dramatic shift this morning has led some to speculate that the government is preparing to change the two metre distancing rule to allow for more businesses to open in order to boost the economy.