London worries on rising Omicron infection rate

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Omicron variant of coronavirus has become a “major incident” in the British capital, Mayor Shadiq Khan has warned.

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More than 50,000 new cases were confirmed in London over the past seven days, and 26,418 cases reported in the last 24 hours -– the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

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A major incident is defined as an event with a range of serious consequences which requires special arrangements to be implemented, and is aimed at helping authorities support each other to reduce service disruption in the city.

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Khan previously declared a major incident on January 8 during a previous wave of the virus, but stood down the order a month later as case numbers fell.

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“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.

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“It’s right that London’s key agencies work closely together to minimise the impact on our city, including helping to protect the vital vaccination programme,” he added.

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Britain has recorded record case numbers for three days in a row, prompting the introduction of new regulations and reports of another lockdown on the way.

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