Thanks, I had to go look that one up, had not heard of the term "high consequence infectious disease" before, but the complete definition of and list of what infectious diseases are classified by the UK that way is found here. High consequence infectious diseases (HCID) Based on their criteria of what is an HCID, one of which is high mortality rate, such as Ebola, their decision to not to consider COVID 19 an HCID makes sense. This is not Ebola, not even close in terms of mortality. But the nomenclature of the disease has no Rumplestiltzkin effect, where what we call it or not somehow changes what it is. As of this AM, its still rapidly spreading and still has a non HCID mortality rate of 1.5 percent in the US, (4.5 percent world wide) and a 12% hospitalization rate. We have 327 million in the US. Pick a number that gets infected over the course of the next few months, say 11 percent like seasonal flu or 20% or higher more in line with the speed it can propagate and basic measures to limit its spread but not the most aggressive .Its basic math, anyone can run the numbers out,. Even at low non HCID mortality rate, these numbers that wll be hospitalized and those that perish are still very disturbing.Just clicked on the link provided, and from what I saw, the UK still regards Covid-19 a major health crisis.
This was a screen shot from the link just now (midnight PST). There is a lot more information on this site that states the UK, and the rest of the world (excluding certain TV talking heads and politicians), still regards this as a serious issue with potentially devastating consequences.