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City Matters 125

City Matters

January - February 2021 Edition 125 Find your regular copy inside... The City of London’s independent newspaper with 45,000 READERS BARBICAN BEATS THE ODDS We spoke to Leonora Thomson, Interim Artistic Director a the Barbican Centre, about last year and what she and her team have planned for 2021 Pages 8 & 9 TOP COCKTAIL DELIVERIES City bars and restaurants are sending cocktail kits all over the country, doing wha they can to stay afloat while helping us get through lockdown Page 10 January - February 2021 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 45,000 READERS Edition 125 ‘Major incident’ declared in capital Mayor of London Sadiq Khan: “Situation in London is now critical with the spread of the virus out of control” A ‘MAJOR incident’ has been declared in London as hospitals face being overwhelmed by the continued spread of Covid-19, writes Joe Talora, Local Democracy Reporter. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who forma ly chairs the London Resilience Forum, made the decision to declare a major incident fo lowing discussions with NHS London, local authorities and Public Health England. A major incident can be declared when a situation is deemed “beyond the scope of business as usual” and can be due to “serious harm, damage, disruption or risk to human life”. Mr Khan said: “The situation in London is now critical with the spread of the virus out of control. “The number of cases in London for patients in the next couple of weeks has increased rapidly with more than a unless the spread of the virus slows third more patients being treated in our down drastica ly. hospitals now compared to the peak of “We are declaring a major incident the pandemic last April. because the threat this virus poses to “Our heroic doctors, nurses and NHS our city is at crisis point. If we do not staff are doing an amazing job, but with take immediate action now, our NHS cases rising so rapidly, our hospitals are could be overwhelmed and more people at risk of being overwhelmed. The stark wi l die.” reality is that we wi l run out of beds The latest figures paint a shocking PANDEMIC: Sadiq Khan has declared a major incident. Image by GLA. Major incidents have previously been declared in the capital for the Grenfe l Tower fire, the Croydon tram crash, and terror a tacks at Westminster Bridge. City London Assembly Member, Unmesh Desai, said: “It cannot be overstated that we are facing the most serious and stark situation in our capital, with one in 30 Londoners infected with Covid-19. “Our NHS and its heroic staff have been pushed beyond breaking point and we have entered unchartered waters. I urg everyone in our community to do the right thing and stay at home, and only go out for the most essential reasons. “Right now, we can help the NHS by strictly sticking to the guidelines and going even further, by wearing our picture, with one in 30 Londoners masks as much as possible when we believed to be infected with Covid-19 leave the house – even in supermarket and there have been 477 Covid-related queues and outdoor crowded public deaths in London hospitals in the last spaces. three days alone. “Londoners are already making huge Londoners are once again being sacrifices, but the Government must urged to stay at home and no to ca l an now close places of worship and step in ambulance unless it is an emergency, with further financial help, boosting the with London Ambulance Service taking support available for those self-isolating up to 8,000 emergency ca ls a day. and unable to work.” Staying energised in lockdown P12 City development gets go ahead P14 Going the distance in dry January P17 NGLAND ENGLAND LOCKDOWN LOCKDOWN TAY STAY AT AT HOME HOME E NEW VARIANT THE NEW OF VARIANT CORONAVIRUS OF CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING IS SPREADING FAST. FAST. E ALL NEED WE TO ALL PLAY NEED OUR TO PLAY PART OUR TO STOP PART THE TO SPREAD. STOP THE SPREAD.

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