London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the situation was getting "out of control", with the rising infections rates "putting immense pressure on an already s
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the situation was getting “out of control”, with the rising infections rates “putting immense pressure on an already stretched NHS”. He said one in 30 Londoners are now infected with COVID-19, claiming the city is at “crisis point”.
Mr Khan said: “Today I have declared a major incident in London because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point.
“One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19. If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die.
“Londoners continue to make huge sacrifices and I am today imploring them to please stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to leave.
“Stay at home to protect yourself, your family, friends and other Londoners and to protect our NHS.”
It comes as the coronavirus infection rate in London has exceeded 1,000 per 100,000 people.
The Major said there are currently more than 7,000 people in hospital with COVID-19, an increase of more than 35 percent compared to the peak of the pandemic.
City Hall said the number of people on mechanical ventilators has risen by 42 percent, from 640 to 908, in the week up to January 6.
Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, warned at yesterday’s Downing Street press conference that more than 800 patients are being admitted to London hospitlas with COVID-19 each day.
He said: “That’s the equivalent of a new St Thomas’ hospital, full of COVID patients every day.”
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