‘Major incident’ declared in London

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at a crisis point. If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die.”

The UK recorded 68,053 new cases – the highest daily total of the pandemic so far. Also on Friday, the UK registered 1,325 fatalities. The highest daily number of COVID-related deaths since the pandemic breakout.

“The situation in London is now critical with the spread of the virus out of control,” said Sadiq Khan in a statement.

The total number of COVID-19 cases identified in London is 480,650 as of 07 January 2021.

The last major incident to be called in London was in June 2017, when a fire spread rapidly through the Grenfell residential tower block in the west of the city, killing 72 people.

Major incidents are declared in Britain following events or situations that require the authorities to make special arrangements in response.