London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a ‘major incident’ due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the capital and the increase in Covid-19 cases in hospitals, which has left the NHS at risk to be overwhelmed, ”his office wrote in a press release.
He made the decision because the number of Covid-19 cases in London exceeded ‘1,000 per 100,000’, which increased pressure on the National Health Service (NHS), which saw the number of patients increase by 27% between December 30 and January 6.
“We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus represents for our city is in crisis. If we don’t act immediately now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die, ”Khan said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Moderna became the third Covid-19 vaccine to be cleared by UK regulators. The government has agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses on top of its previous order of 7 million, the UK Department of Health said on Friday.
However, it comes as the UK recorded 1,162 Covid-19-related deaths on Thursday, the highest toll since the first peak in April.
The daily number of coronavirus-related deaths in Germany has reached an all-time high, with 1,188 deaths in the last day. The previous record was 1,129, recorded on December 30 of last year.
Germany’s health ministry said on Friday it would receive more than 60 million doses of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine via the EU. In addition, there is a secure option for an additional 30 million doses nationwide. From Moderna, Germany will receive 50 million doses via the EU alone, with additional doses being negotiated nationally.
This means that just BioNTech / Pfizer and Moderna, Germany has the potential to receive at least 140 million doses of the vaccine this year.
Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa warned on Friday that the country will have tough weeks ahead as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise.
The country surpassed two million cumulative cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, with a number doubling in the past 11 weeks, according to a CNN tally pinned to data released by its health ministry.
Long labeled an outlier for failing to implement a large-scale coronavirus lockdown like its European neighbors, Sweden took a more conventional direction on Friday, when its parliament voted in favor of a law allowing tighter restrictions .
This will include a ban on public gatherings, if necessary, and it effectively gives the government the legal right to impose a “lockdown” to any degree.
The European Union is continuing its efforts to obtain vaccines for its member states. On Friday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU would extend its contract with Pfizer / BioNTech for “up to 300 million additional vaccines” in 2021 – doubling the amount of doses of this vaccine.
Meanwhile, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) expects AstraZeneca to submit a “conditional marketing application” for its Covid-19 vaccine “next week,” the regulator said in a statement. release on Twitter on Friday.