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Grant Boone
January 11, 2021

The mayor warned that the city's hospitals risked not having enough beds in the coming weeks and urged the government to take several emergency measures, including providing additional funds for people who must self-isolate and ensuring that face masks are worn outside the home.

"COVID-19, especially the new variant, is spreading quickly across the country".

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson watches as nurse Jennifer Dumasi is injected with the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, during a visit to view the vaccination programme at the Chase Farm Hospital in north London. On Friday the country recorded its highest ever daily death toll, with 1,325 people dying after testing positive for the virus in a 24-hour period, more than the worst day during the peak of the first wave in April.

They estimate there are now more than 100,000 new infections per day and possibly higher than 150,000, which they believe puts the current number of daily cases at a higher level than during the first wave of the pandemic.

A view of NHS Nightengale Hospital at the ExCel centre, London, January 1, 2021.

"The situation in London is now critical with the spread of the virus out of control", Khan said.

London is also now recording 100 Coronavirus deaths a day, a figure which has steadily risen since mid-December.

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"I have declared a major incident in London because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point", he tweeted.

Khan said there were parts of London where 1 in 20 people had the virus. It reflects the need for special arrangements to be made by emergency services and local authorities.

A major incident is defined as one in which there is a risk to life and welfare and is "beyond the scope of business-as-usual operations.?"

Many public health experts have long urged the United Kingdom to adopt the measure as a way of reducing imported infections, though the virus is more widespread in Britain than in many other countries.

Sadiq Khan's declaration comes a day after the Chief Executive of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens, said that more than 800 patients a day are being admitted to London hospitals with COVID-19. There are exemptions for some, including truckers, airline crew and children under 11.

6 in the city, Reuters reported, and there have been 477 reported deaths of patients with the novel coronavirus in the past three days.

The UK is now in a national lockdown which came into effect earlier this week, while the total death toll stands at 78,833.

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