Over 10,000 new cases of Omicron confirmed in UK as variant identified in 89 countries

The mayor of London declared a “major incident” following the rapid rise in the number of coronavirus infections in the capital, which threatens to strain public services.

Sadiq Khan made the decision, which allows for closer coordination between different public agencies, after consulting with NHS London leaders, local authorities and emergency services and other essential services, according to a statement.

It comes after the UK reported the largest 24-hour increase in the number of new cases on Friday since the start of the pandemic.

A major incident is defined as an event or situation with a series of serious consequences that requires the implementation of special arrangements by one or more emergency response agencies, the mayor’s office said.

Khan said: “The surge in cases of the Omicron variant in our capital is of great concern, so we are once again declaring a major incident due to the threat of Covid-19 to our city.

“The Omicron variant quickly became dominant with rapidly increasing cases and the number of patients in our hospitals with Covid-19 again on the rise. We are already feeling the impact across the capital and while we are still learning about this variation, it is only fitting that major London agencies are working closely together to minimize the impact on our city, including helping to protect the program. vital vaccination.

“We know that the vaccine offers our best defense against the virus. There are now more clinics in London delivering vaccines than at any time during the pandemic. I urge all Londoners to make an appointment or come to one of the many drop-in centers in the capital as soon as possible.

Khan, of the opposition Labor Party, also declared a major incident in January when rising Covid-19 cases threatened to overwhelm hospitals.

The Omicron variant is estimated to account for over 80% of new Covid-19 cases in London.

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