Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Mayor of London declares ‘major incident’

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Mayor of London declares ‘major incident’

The Mayor of London has declared a ‘major incident’ as a result of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which risks the NHS becoming overwhelmed. The decision comes as the number of coronavirus cases in London has exceeded 1,000 per 100,000, and the number of patients in London hospitals between 30 December and 6 January has grown by 27%, putting further strain on the NHS.

A ‘major incident’ is defined as being ‘beyond the scope of business-as-usual operations, and is likely to involve serious harm, damage, disruption or risk to human life or welfare, essential services, the environment or national security'. 

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

Source: Mayor declares ‘major incident’ following rapid spread of Covid-19

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