Sadiq Khan has declared a major incident in London after a “huge surge” of Omicron cases.
The Mayor of London said he took the decision following discussions with leaders from NHS London, local authorities and emergency and other essential services in the capital.
Declaring a major incident means there will be closer co-ordination between key public services in responding to the situation.
Mr Khan said: “The surge in cases of the Omicron variant across our capital is hugely concerning, so we are once again declaring a major incident because of the threat of Covid-19 to our city.
“The Omicron variant has quickly become dominant with cases increasing rapidly and the number of patients in our hospitals with Covid-19 on the rise again.
“We are already feeling the impact across the capital and while we are still learning about this variant, it’s right that London’s key agencies work closely together to minimise the impact on our city, including helping to protect the vital vaccination programme.”
There have been 65,525 new confirmed cases in London in the past seven days, with 26,418 cases reported the past 24 hours. It is the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
The number of Covid-19 patients in London hospitals have gone up 29 per cent in a week.
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