London announced that it faces a "major accident" on Friday 8 Stair 2021 as its hospitals run the risk of being unable to cope with a highly contagious strain of Coronavirus spreading across the United Kingdom. </p><div> <p>Britain has the fifth largest number of Covid-19 deaths, more than 78,000, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson shut down the economy and made the country faster than its neighbors in a bid to curb the pandemic.
London Mayor Siddiq Khan, who is from the opposition Labor Party, said hospital beds in the capital would be filled with sick patients over the next few weeks as the spread of the virus was “out of control”.
“We announce that the city is facing a major accident, because the threat that this virus poses to our city has become a crisis,” he said.
The population of London, which rivals Paris for the center of the richest city in Europe, has a population of over nine million.
The term “major accident” usually refers to attacks or serious accidents, especially those likely to involve “serious harm, damage, disruption, or danger to human lives, basic services, the environment, or national security.”
The last time a “major accident” was announced in London was due to the Grenville Tower fire in a high-rise apartment complex in 2017, which killed 72 people.
Concerns about the vaccine
Khan said there are parts of London where one in 20 residents is infected with the Coronavirus. The pressure on the ambulance service, which handles up to 9,000 reports a day, means that firefighters will be recruited to drive and that the recruitment of police will follow.
The Office for National Statistics estimates that 1.1 million people in England are infected with the virus – one in every 50 as of January 2.
British Transport Secretary Grant Shaps said on Friday that there are concerns that the Covid-19 vaccines may not work properly against the highly contagious strain of the Corona virus discovered in South Africa.
The leading companies producing Covid-19 vaccines in the world are rushing to find out whether their vaccines are effective in facing new mutations of the virus that were detected in South Africa and Britain.
And a laboratory study by the American company Pfizer reported that the vaccine it developed with
The company Biontech for the prevention of Covid-19 disease appears to be effective in facing a major mutation in the new rapidly spreading strains of the Corona virus that have been detected in Britain and South Africa.
“The strain detected in South Africa worries experts because of the possibility that the vaccine will not achieve the same result or work exactly the same way,” Shabs told LBC radio.
The study, conducted by Pfizer and scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch and has not yet been reviewed, indicates that the vaccine is effective in neutralizing the virus that carries the mutation known as (EN501.Y) in the protein responsible for forming thorns in the virus.
Phil Dormitzer, a senior virus vaccine scientist at Pfizer, said that the mutation may be responsible for the increased ability to spread and infection, in addition to concerns that it may make the virus able to escape from the mechanism of neutralization with the antibodies raised by the vaccine.