The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, declared a “major incident” after the Omicron variant spread throughout the city.
As the term indicates, a major incident is defined as an event with wide-ranging serious consequences that require special arrangements to reduce disruptions of city services.
The number of new Covid cases in London over the past 7 days has reached 65,000, with 26,418 reported in the last 24 hours, the most since the pandemic began.
In January, the mayor declared a major incident during a previous outbreak of the virus, but the declaration was later canceled as cases dropped.
“The surge in cases of the Omicron variant across our capital is hugely concerning, so we are once again declaring a major incident because of the threat of Covid-19 to our city,” said Khan.
For three consecutive days, the number of foreign nationals registering cases in Britain reached a record high. As a result, new regulations were introduced and reports of another lockdown surfaced. On Saturday, it reported 90,418 cases, a slight drop from Friday, although weekend numbers are generally lower.