London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” in the U.K. capital on Friday due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, warning that the state-run National Health Service was at risk of being overwhelmed.
Khan’s announcement represents a stark verdict on the threat of the virus to London’s 9 million residents as pressure mounts on hospitals and ambulance services. A major incident is defined officially as being “likely to involve serious harm, damage, disruption or risk to human life or welfare, essential services, the environment or national security.”
Today I have declared a major incident in London because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point. One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19. If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die.BREAKING: Mayor Declares ‘Major Incident’
www.london.gov.uk2:09 PM · Jan 8, 2021
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