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London Declares a ‘Main Incident’ as Omicron Surges

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London Declares a ‘Major Incident’ as Omicron Surges

The declaration, which indicated that emergency services and hospitals could not guarantee their normal level of response, came as London faced a steep rise in coronavirus cases driven by the Omicron variant.

I’ve been meeting over the last few days on a daily basis with colleagues across the city, from the N.H.S. to councils, from the fire service to the police. We’re incredibly concerned by the huge surge in the Omicron variant. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve had the largest number of new cases since this pandemic began, more than 26,000. Hospital admissions are going up, but also staff absences are going up by a massive level. So I’ve taken the decision in consultation with our partners to declare a major incident today. It’s really important Londoners understand how serious things are. The best thing Londoners can do is to get both vaccines and the booster. They provide extra layers of protection. The really bad news is those in hospital, the vast, vast majority are unvaccinated. That’s why it’s so important to get both the vaccines and the booster jab.

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