London mayor Sadiq Khan declares a major incident in the city


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” in the city 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.