Covid ‘out of control’ in London; Berlin urges states’ to act

Madrid Desk, Jan 8, (efe-epa).- The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across Europe, as London’s Mayor says the situation is “out of control,” while the UK’s third vaccine by Moderna was approved on Friday.

Germany is urging federal state leaders to implement recently agreed upon restrictions such as limiting non-essential travel to a 15-kilometre radius, while Italy also limits travel by locking down five regions for five days.


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on Friday declared the coronavirus situation in the city to be a “major incident,” saying the spread of the virus is “out of control.”

Covid-19 cases in London are over 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, and hospitals have 35 percent more coronavirus patients than last April.

The Mayor stressed that London could run out of hospital beds in the coming weeks unless the spread of the virus can be dramatically slowed.

“If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die,” said Khan.

“I am today imploring them (Londoners) to please stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to leave.”

On Friday British authorities approved Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, the third to enter the UK’s vaccination programme.

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