AS London Mayor Sadiq Khan declares a ‘major incident’ in London, latest figures show that a further four people in Somerset have died with Covid-19 in a single day.
One of those victims was in Sedgemoor, which has seen a total of 90 deaths at a rate of 73.1 per 100,000.
Meanwhile the number of patients with Coronavirus on ventilators in Somerset has more than doubled in the last week.
The latest figures supplied on behalf of the Government show 1,325 people died in the UK in just 24 hours, taking the overall death toll since the start of the pandemic to 79,833.
The picture is looking bleak in the capital, where the Office for National Statistics recently estimated as many as 1 in 30 Londoners have the virus.
Worryingly, Mr Khan told the BBC that the figure is as high as 1 in 20 in some areas and was ‘out of control’.
‘Major incidents’ have previously been called for the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 and the terror attacks at Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.
A major incident is any emergency that requires the implementation of special arrangements by one or all of the emergency services, the NHS or the local authority.
It means the emergency services and hospitals cannot guarantee their normal level of response.
Currently, there are more than 7,000 people in hospital with Covid-19, the mayor said, an increase of 35% compared with last April’s peak.