The Mayor for London has declared a “major incident” as hospitals across the capital are overwhelmed as cases are soaring.
London’s regional director of Public Health England (PHE) has said that the actions of Londoners “has never been more important.”
Professor Kevin Fenton said, “This is the biggest threat our city has faced in this pandemic to date.
“The emergence of the new variant means we are setting record case rates at almost double the national average, with at least one in 30 people now thought to be carrying the virus.
“Our NHS services are under immense pressure and currently another 800 people are being admitted to our hospitals every day.
“We know this will sadly lead to large numbers of deaths so strong and immediate action is needed.
“In order to ease the burden on our hospitals, we must first stop the spread. That means we have to stay at home. Cut your contacts, reduce your movements, do as little as possible.
“A lot has been asked of Londoners over the past 12 months but your decisions and actions right now have never been more important.”