LONDON — London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” Saturday as the omicron variant of the coronavirus surged through the United Kingdom’s capital.The impact of the rapid spread of the variant was already felt across the city with staff absences in front-line services, a statement from the mayor’s office said.Khan said the surge was “hugely concerning.” Urging citizens to get vaccinated, he added that the omicron “variant has quickly become dominant with cases increasing rapidly and the number of patients in our hospitals with Covid-19 on the rise again.” The declaration was made after 65,525 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in London over the past seven days, the statement said. In the last week, the number of coronavirus patients in London hospitals has gone up 29 percent, it added.A major incident means coordination arrangements between key public services will be stepped up, and the city will be able to seek further support from the government to address the pressures caused by the virus’s spread, the statement said. The announcement will help authorities reduce service disruption and allow more time to administer booster vaccines, as experts learn more about the the severity of the variant and the impact it will have on


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