Coronavirus out of control in London

The mayor declared a “major incident,” which is an alert reserved for the most severe crises.
1:26 | 01/10/21

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Overseas, the coronavirus out of control in London. The mayor declaring a major incident. That's an alert reserved for the most severe crisis facing that city. Case soaring out of control. Hospitals nearly out of beds. Firefighters now have to drive ambulances. Julia Macfarlane is in London. Reporter: Tonight, a new state of emergency in Britain's capital. London's mayor declaring a major incident, a designation normally invoked for situations like terror attacks. As soaring pandemic numbers push England's covid hospitalizations more than 30% higher than their peak last spring, the mayor warning, we will run out of beds for patients in the next couple of weeks unless the spread of the virus slows down drastically. Adding, in some London districts, the virus now infecting 1 in 20 people. London firefighters volunteering to drive ambulances. Elective surgeries are being postponed, but some admissions cannot be put on hold. I am due to give birth tomorrow. We didn't obviously assume that it would be -- there would be a second variant in London, which is superspreading at the moment of my due date. Reporter: Britain has vaccinated more people than any of its European neighbors, but the vaccine rollout will continue to take many more months, and hospitals are at risk of collapse in a matter of weeks. Tom? Julia Macfarlane with a chilling look.

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