Major incident declared across London

A ‘major incident’ has been declared across London as Covid continues to batter emergency services. 

Sadiq Khan said hospitals are operating at full capacity and other key services are struggling with staff absences.

It’s the first time London has faced this situation since the last winter coronavirus wave. 

The capital has seen 65,525 new confirmed cases in the past seven days and 26,418 cases were reported in the last 24 hour period alone, a new record.

The mayor’s office said staff absences in frontline services are ‘causing challenges’.

A major incident is declared when pressures on emergency services could lead to ‘serious harm, damage, disruption or risk to human life or welfare, essential services, the environment or national security’

Coordination between public services will be stepped up and overseen by a central committee, which will have a government representative sitting on it.

The last major incident ran from January 8 to February 26.

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