By Ben Kerrigan-
The UK has recorded its highest number of daily coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, after it was reported on Friday that another 1,325 people had died from the disease.
This figures exceed the previous high of 1,224 fatalities from 21 April last year, meaning the government’s official Covid-19 death toll now stands at 79,833.
The latest figures were released shortly after London mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” in the capital, as one in 20 people now have Covid-19 in some parts of the city.
The mayor told LBC that one in 30 people in London on average have the virus, “but in some parts of London one out of 20 Londoners now has this virus”.
Mr Khan said he declared a major incident because the situation is now “critical” and “the spread of the virus out of control” as hospital beds are likely to run out within the next two weeks unless transmission slows dramatically.
Research by The Eye Of Media.Com reveals that many Londoners are sceptical about the seriousness of the virus.
Mr Khan’s emergency outcry is crucial because is expresses concern for a potential crises in response to the spread of Covid-19 in London. However, there are clever critics among The Eye Of Media.Com Thinktank who believe he may simply be building his profile by highlighting alarm about infection rates in London.
City Hall said Covid-19 cases in London have exceeded 1,000 per 100,000, while there are 35 per cent more people in hospital with the virus than at the peak of the pandemic in April.
It comes after the UK’s medicines watchdog approved the Moderna vaccine for use, making it the third one given the go ahead after the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs.
New research suggests the Pfizer version protects against two new mutant variants, including one causing rapid spread across the UK.
Concern has been expressed about the frequency of reporting Covid-19 death counts, although a good fraction of people believe it is important to e fully informed about the seriousness of the virus. The issue of accuracy is important to a section of society, raising the importance of the situation.