The patient arrived at the Royal London Hospital on January 5, 2021 in an ambulance in London, England. The British Prime Minister announced in a national television speech on Monday night that the United Kingdom will enter the third blockade of the covid-19 pandemic. This week, the UK recorded more than 50,000 newly confirmed Covid cases for the seventh consecutive day.
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LONDON-The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced on Friday that there has been a major incident involving the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the British capital.
He had previously warned that the virus was “out of control”
Khan said on Twitter: “I have announced a major incident in London because the threat posed by the virus to our city has reached a moment of crisis.”
He added: “Now, 1 in 30 Londoners is infected with COVID-19. If we don’t act now, our National Health Service may be overwhelmed and many more people will die.”
The announcement was made shortly after the weekly data on January 2 found that the coronavirus infection rate in London had soared to 1,038 per 100,000 population. This number is compared with the city’s 100,000 infection rate of 818 in the previous week.
In comparison, the national infection rate was 612 in the week ending January 2.
As Britain competes for a highly contagious variant of the virus, the city’s already strained medical institutions are facing increasing pressure, which coincides with the revival of Covid-19.
Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the third nationwide lockdown of England to curb the spread of the virus. The measure took effect on Wednesday.
According to official data, the UK recorded 52,618 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, and 1,162 people died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.
After the Glenfellow Tower fire in June 2017 and the terrorist attacks on Westminster Bridge in March 2017 and London Bridge in November 2019, major incidents have been announced.