London mayor Sadiq Khan triggers crisis plan as coronavirus sweeps city

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The declaration of a major incident means that events are beyond the scope of business-as-usual operations and require special arrangements to be implemented by one or more emergency responder agency. According to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the country has registered the most COVID-19 deaths in Europe and the fifth-highest number in the world.

An official appeal for information from the Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City of London Police says that the crook targeted the victim at her home on Kingsmead Avenue in Surbiton on December 30th, coming to her door in broad daylight and claiming to be a National Health Service (NHS) worker who had come to vaccinate her against the Chinese coronavirus.

Prof Michie, who is also part of Independent Sage, told Today: "It is definitely too lax, because if you think about it and compare ourselves with March, what do we have now?"

Boris Johnson also released a statement warning the British public of the potential crisis they face if cases keep rising.

On Friday, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) pointed to data that showed the rapid increase in hospital admissions. So the advice would be listen, read, but stay at home.

Prof Michie, who sits on a subcommittee of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, also said the current restrictions were "too lax".

"We have the winter season and the virus survives longer in the cold, plus people spend more time indoors and we know aerosol transmission, which happens indoors, is a very big source of transmission for this virus. These are creating breeding grounds for the much more transmissible variant".

"So even if we went back to that kind of last spring level of reduction in contacts we couldn't be confident that we would see the same effect that we saw previous year because of this increased transmission", he said.

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A Government spokeswoman said: "NHS England will never charge you for the vaccine or ask for bank details, Pin numbers or passwords, when contacting you about a vaccination".

Councillor Nesil Caliskan, from the Local Government Association, said the "ruthless and opportunistic" scammers were taking advantage of the vaccine rollout.

But scientists advising the Government estimate there are now more than 100,000 new infections per day and possibly higher than 150,000 which they believe puts the current number of daily cases at a higher level than ever during the pandemic.

Britain, the first country to approve vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca, on Friday approved Moderna's shot, hoping to begin administering it this spring.

The UK's R number has been updated to between 1 and 1.4, with the epidemic thought to be growing at between zero and six per cent each day.