Sadiq Khan (London Mayor) has declared a “major event” in London as coronavirus infection continues to rise.
According to the London Assembly, a major incident is an event or situation that has “a wide range of serious consequences” and requires special arrangements to have one or more emergency response agencies implement them.
After Britain reported Friday’s largest 24-hour increase of new cases, Mr Khan made the decision. This allows for better coordination between public agencies.
According to Mr Khan, hospital admissions are increasing and absences of health workers are on the rise. “So I’ve made the decision, after consulting with our partners, today to declare a major accident.”
He said, “This is a statement about how serious things are.”
The Mayor last declared a major incident in January, when he warned that the capital was at “crisis point”, and that health services were at risk of being overwhelmed if they didn’t take immediate action.
This comes at a time when the number of Covid cases in the UK has reached a record high due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Yesterday, there were a further 93 045 cases.
Today, another 10,059 cases of the Omicron variant were reported in the UK. The number of deaths due to the variant has risen to seven in England.
Khan stated earlier today that he was “incredibly concerned” about the number of staff absent from vital public services like the NHS, fire service, and police because of rapidly increasing cases.
Yesterday, The Fire Brigades Union stated that the London Fire Brigade was facing an unprecedented staff shortage due to rising coronavirus. This has led to nearly a third of London’s fire engines not being able to respond in the past week.
South Africa puts jabs ahead of jobs, despite the omicron hit to its economy
Despite having one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world, vaccinations are the main focus for the Covid surge.
Joe Phaahla appealed to people for the vaccine as South Africa prepares to celebrate the Day of Reconciliation, an annual holiday that marks the end of apartheid.
Just before they “hit it” last week, the health minister appealed to millions of people who were planning to travel to vacation destinations or visit their families.
The pandemic in South Africa has caused a second eclipse to the holiday. South Africa saw a record number of positive cases this year after it first identified the omicron variant.
All are being treated. After suffering mild symptoms, President Cyril Ramaphosa was treated last week. Covid has thwarted his plans to rebuild South Africa’s economy. The 69-year-old was treated by David Mabuza, his deputy after he spent a week in isolation.
Although deaths seem to be unchanged, the country is now facing a new challenge as it attempts to repair the economic damage from previous lockdowns. It now has to weigh the possibility of additional restrictions.
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