Sadiq Khan ‘nervous’ about prospect of twindemic of flu and Covid this winter



adiq Khan has admitted he’s “nervous” in regards to the prospect of a “twindemic” this winter amid fears {that a} mixture of Covid-19 and flu might put stress on the NHS.

Chatting with the Customary, the Mayor warned Londoners to be “vigilant” about vaccination to forestall a surge in infections of each viruses as latest knowledge confirmed an uptick in Covid-19 hospitalisations.

Figures revealed final week by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) confirmed that Covid-19 infections are persevering with to extend in England and Wales. The variety of hospital sufferers in London testing constructive for Covid additionally elevated by 15 per cent within the week as much as September 28, in accordance with Authorities knowledge.

Well being officers have additionally warned of an “unpredictable” flu season this winter with low ranges of immunity within the inhabitants.

Reacting to the newest figures on Tuesday, Mr Khan mentioned: “We’re nervous in regards to the ‘twindemic’ of flu and Covid. And now we have seen a rise in Covid circumstances, albeit from a comparatively low base. There are extra folks testing constructive for the virus and extra folks in hospital.

“We will’t present any complacency in any respect. Retaining on prime of your vaccines is one of the best ways to remain forward of the pandemic, so I urge anybody who’s eligible for a Covid and a flu vaccine to return ahead.”

“You also needs to examine in your family members to ensure they’ve acquired theirs.”

Mr Khan additionally mentioned it was important that “classes are learnt” over the Authorities’s pandemic response because the Covid-19 public inquiry started in London on Tuesday.

“There are 20,000 households in London who’re bereaved to Covid and the Authorities’s preliminary response to the pandemic was extremely sluggish. I’m afraid this isn’t the final pandemic we’re going to have.

“It’s actually essential we study classes now and that the NHS is supported. We all know there was complacency from central Authorities, just like the Prime Minister not attending Cobra conferences or medical workers not having private protecting tools (PPE).”

He added: “We additionally know that not everybody felt the implications of the pandemic in the identical means, with a disproportionate variety of BAME folks being contaminated and shedding their lives. So it’s very important now we have this public enquiry.”

Mr Khan was talking as he joined London Ambulance Service (LAS) medics for a coaching session on CPR and defibrillation at Metropolis Corridor, as a part of their London Lifesavers initiative to equip not less than 100,000 Londoners with first-aid information.

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