London has had more than 140,000 cases in the week to 19 December and as a result New Year’s Eve celebrations in Trafalgar Square are now scrapped.
There has been a 500% hike in young adults becoming infected and infections are now starting to rise in older people, who are most likely to become seriously sick.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said cancelling the celebrations is in the “interests of public safety” as it was expected to see 6,500 partgoers attending with food stalls and stage performers.
Khan said in a statement, “With infections of Covid-19 at record levels across our city and the UK, I’m determined to work closely with partners in our city to do everything we possibly can to slow the spread of the new variant and ensure our NHS services are not overwhelmed this winter.
“This means that we will no longer be hosting a celebration event for 6,500 people on Trafalgar Square this New Year’s Eve.
“This will be very disappointing for many Londoners, but we must take the right steps to reduce the spread of the virus.”