Patients arrive by ambulance at the Royal Hospital in London on January 5, 2021 in London, England. The British Prime Minister addressed national television on Monday night, announcing that Britain would enter its third blockade of the covid-19 pandemic. This week, the UK registered more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh consecutive day.
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Earlier, he warned that the virus was “uncontrolled” and the National Health Service was “on the verge of defeat.”
“I called it a major incident in London because the threat this virus poses to our city is at a crisis point,” Hahn said on Twitter.
“One in 30 Londoners already has COVID-19. If we don’t take immediate action now, our NHS could be crushed and more people will die,” he added.
The announcement comes shortly after weekly data by January 2 found that the rate of coronavirus infection in London had risen to 1,038 per 100,000 population. This figure compares to a city-wide level of infection of 818 per 100,000 for the previous week.
By comparison, the national infection rate is 612 per 100,000 for the week ending January 2.
The increased pressure on the city’s already strained healthcare facilities coincides with the resurgence of Covid-19 as the UK tries to contain a highly infectious variant of the virus.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third national blockade for Britain in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. The measures legally took effect on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the UK registered 52,618 new cases of coronavirus according to official data and 1,162 deaths within 28 days after a positive test for the virus.
Earlier, major incidents were announced following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 and the terrorist attacks on Westminster Bridge in March 2017 and London Bridge in November 2019.