London Mayor Khan declares 'major incident' as coronavirus cases surge, hospitals 'overwhelmed'

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Covid-19: 'Major Incident' Declared In London As Hospitals Face 'Critical' Threat

"The stark reality is that we will run out of beds for patients in the next couple of weeks unless the spread of the virus slows down drastically".

There are 32,294 coronavirus patients in United Kingdom hospitals on Friday across all words, including intensive care units - more than 50 per cent higher than the peak of the first wave in spring. "We are in a much worse position than we were in March". "If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die".

Nationally the figures would equate to more than 2,500 primary schools in England with a third or more of their pupils in their classrooms.

The R number - the rate at which an infected person passes on the virus to someone else - is now estimated to be between 1.0 to 1.4, meaning the epidemic is growing between 0% and 6% per day.

They believe the current lockdown may lead to a plateau of cases of coronavirus across the United Kingdom rather than the dramatic cut seen following the March and April lockdown.

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Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 95,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is relying on an accelerated vaccine roll-out to ease pressure on the health service and return the United Kingdom back to normal.

England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, says in the advert: "Vaccines give clear hope for the future, but for now we must all stay home, protect the NHS and save lives".

"With over 1,000 people dying yesterday it's more important than ever everyone sticks to rules", a source told the BBC.

"The entirety of the health service in London is mobilizing to do everything it possibly can, but the infections, the rate of growth in admissions - that is what collectively the country has got to get under control", Stevens said.

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New figures show the majority of patients in nine hospitals in general and acute wards are being treated for the virus, while three times as many frontline health care workers are off sick than normal for this time of year.

Meanwhile, councils are urging people to remain vigilant against a new coronavirus-related scam which sees criminals calling or texting to offer a vaccination at a cost.

Separate estimates by the ONS suggest around one in 115 people in private households in Scotland had Covid-19 in that period while in Northern Ireland, it was an estimated one in 200 people.

Currently, there are parts of London where one in 20 people has the virus.

NHS hospitals are treating less than half of the cancer patients they normally would, it has emerged amid increasing fears it is struggling to cope with surging coronavirus cases.

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