London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan Declares Major Incident Over ‘Huge Surge’ Of Omicron Cases

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The mayor of London has declared a major incident in the capital over the “huge surge” of Omicron cases and an increase in hospital admissions.

Sadiq Khan said he has been meeting with colleagues from the NHS, councils and the fire service about the rise in infections of the COVID variant, with more than 10,000 new cases reported nationwide today.

The mayor of London has declared a major incident in the capital over the “huge surge” of Omicron cases and an increase in hospital admissions.

Sadiq Khan said he has been meeting with colleagues from the NHS, councils and the fire service about the rise in infections of the COVID variant, with more than 10,000 new cases reported nationwide today.

What’s a ‘major incident’?
A major incident is declared when an event or situation with a range of serious consequences requires special arrangements to be enforced by one or more emergency response teams.

Those could be the police, ambulance service, or fire brigade.

They have previously been called for such incidents as the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 and the terror attack at Westminster Bridge in 2017.

Khan said: “This is a statement of how serious things are, but also it means rather than different public authorities working separately we will be working together through both the London Resilience Forum and also through the strategic co-ordinating group.”

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