Omikron: London declares a disaster

The British capital London declared a disaster today because of the rapid spread of the omicron variant. “The rise in omicron cases in our capital is very worrying,” said Mayor Sadiq Khan. “That’s why we’re calling for a disaster again.” Khan pointed out that the number of patients in London’s hospitals is rising sharply again.

The city triggered the disaster at the beginning of January. At that time, the health system was on the verge of collapse. In concrete terms, this means that special emergency plans come into force and that the units involved coordinate more closely. In the first London hospitals, personnel are to be shifted to intensive care units and emergency rooms, as reported by the Guardian newspaper.

Khan called on everyone in London to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination centers have been reopened in a number of British cities – also in stadiums or at Christmas markets – where you can get an injection without an appointment.

In the UK, 10,059 new Omicron cases were reported – three times as many as the day before.

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