According to reports, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, declared a “major incident” in the city due to a surge in coronavirus cases and threats to hospitals in the city.
The mayor hopes that the statement will help the National Health Service (NHS) quickly provide assistance, which he described as “at the cusp of being overwhelmed” and running out of beds.
Khan said in a statement: “If we do not take immediate action now, our national health services will be overwhelmed, and more people will die.” He said: “Veterans continue to make great sacrifices. Today I implore them to stay at home unless you absolutely have to leave.”
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“Stay at home to protect yourself, family, friends and other Londoners, and protect our NHS.”
According to the Guardian, the declaration does not give the mayor or the authorities more power, but it provides easier coordination and the ability to ask Westminster for more help.
Most importantly, this move was seen as a symbolic move designed to show the residents of London how serious the situation in their city is.
Khan told BBC reporter Karl Mercer that the number of Londoners with COVID-19 in certain areas of London is as high as one in 20, while the National Bureau of Statistics estimates this number at one in 30.
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Khan also claimed that more than 7,000 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19, a 35% increase from the previous peak.