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London declares ‘major incident’ as virus ‘out of control’

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a “major incident,” as he says that the spread of the coronavirus in the British capital is now “out of control.”

“We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point. If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS [National Health Service] could be overwhelmed and more people will die,” Khan said in a statement, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.

“The situation in London is now critical with the spread of the virus out of control,” he said.

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Britain has had very high numbers of infections in the past few days. London is particularly hard hit. The hospitals are already largely full. The government and experts blame a new, possibly more contagious virus variant.

The so-called seven-day incidence of new infections per week per 100,000 inhabitants in the British capital is now more than 1,000.

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The number of Covid-19 patients treated in hospital in London rose by almost a third in the first week of January alone, and the number of intensive care patients rose by more than 40 per cent, according to the mayor’s statement.

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England has gone back into lockdown until March 31, meaning there are few international arrivals.

Many other countries have long since had rules in place that require a negative coronavirus test as a condition of entry.

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