Each 30th Londoner has Covid as town’s mayor declaring a serious incident

Patients arrive in ambulances at the Royal London Hospital in London on January 5, 2021. The British Prime Minister made a national televised address on Monday evening, announcing that England would take action against the Covid-19 pandemic for the third time. This week, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh straight day.

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LONDON – London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a serious incident on Friday over the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the British capital.

He had previously warned that the virus was “out of control” and that the National Health Service was “on the verge of being overwhelmed”.

“I reported a major event in London because the threat this virus poses to our city is in crisis,” Khan said on Twitter.

“One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19. If we don’t take action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die,” he added.

The announcement comes shortly after weekly dates through January 2nd. London’s coronavirus infection rate had risen to 1,038 per 100,000 population. That number contrasts with a citywide infection rate of 818 per 100,000 in the previous week.

For comparison, the national infection rate was 612 per 100,000 in the week ending January 2.

Increasing pressure on already strained city health facilities coincides with the resurgent spread of Covid-19 as the UK scrambles to contain a highly infectious variant of the virus.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the third national lockdown for England to contain the spread of the virus. The measures came into law on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the UK recorded 52,618 new cases of the coronavirus and 1,162 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, according to official figures.

Serious incidents have already been reported following the fire in Grenfell Tower in June 2017 and the terrorist attacks on Westminster Bridge in March 2017 and London Bridge in November 2019.

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