The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned that Londoner’s lives are at “risk with winter approaching” if the capital suffers testing shortages.
Khan warned weeks ago that people are struggling to get tested quickly and warned that without sufficient testing, health authorities do not have a “clear picture of who is carrying” coronavirus.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Khan said, “Testing capacity was taken away from London last month and is currently below the England average of 150 people tested per 100,000 per day.
“Given London’s size, population and complexity there is a strong argument for testing to be significantly above national levels to control the virus effectively.
“It beggars belief that six months into this crisis, the government still does not have a grip on one of the fundamental ways to control the spread.
“Any further failure to increase testing across the capital risks lives with winter approaching.”
On Tuesday the Mayor of London warned that “coronavirus is spreading quickly & widely across London, with the number of people hospitalised for the disease tripling in the past month.
“We can slow the spread of this virus if we don’t take risks. Follow the rules: wear a face mask, wash your hands & stick to the rule of six.”
On 25 September London was declared an “area of concern” as then there was over 600 cases a day, now the capital is seeing more than 1,000 cases each day.
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