Mayor of London Declares 'Major Incident' Over Surge in COVID Cases

© REUTERS / HANNAH MCKAYCOVID-19 vaccination centre at St Thomas's Hospital in London
COVID-19 vaccination centre at St Thomas's Hospital in London - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.12.2021
It is estimated that the Omicron strain accounts for over 80 percent of new coronavirus cases in the British capital.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has declared a "major incident" to help the city's overwhelmed hospitals amid a surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant.
"This is a statement of how serious things are," the mayor said, as quoted by Reuters.
The UK Health Security Agency said on Saturday that the number of confirmed Omicron variant COVID-19 cases stood at 24,968 as of 17 December, up by more than 10,000 cases from 24 hours earlier.
A major incident is usually declared when a situation or an event has had serious consequences and requires special arrangements to be enforced by authorities.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at Parliament in London, Britain, December 15, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.12.2021
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