Boris begs Londoners to stay at home as hospitals reach brink with Covid cases

The prime minister has urged Londoners to stay at home as coronavirus hospital admissions reach a record high in the capital.

NHS England’s latest figures show there were 7,917 patients being treated in London hospitals yesterday morning – 2,716 more than there were at the peak of the virus in April. On January 18, 1,220 people were on ventilators.

The highest number of admissions recorded during the first wave was on April 9, with 5,201 people being treated in the capital’s hospitals.

Following the alarming figures, Boris Johnson has issued a fresh plea urging Londoners to stick to the rules to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed.

The PM told the Evening Standard: ‘With Covid cases stubbornly high and an alarming number of people still in hospitals across London we need everyone to continue to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.’

‘I know how tough this is, but the stakes are too high this time,’ he added.

His comments came after the UK was found to have the highest Covid-19 death toll in the world, revealed new data from the University of Oxford.

According to research platform, Our World in Data, the UK had an average of 935 daily deaths over the past week – equating to around 16 people in every million dying with the virus.

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