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People respect Block III: traffic and visitor numbers drop to near April levels, data shows


People are respecting the third coronavirus lockdown as traffic and visitor numbers have dropped to near April levels, according to the latest data.

Apple Mobility Trends for London show a 44 percent decrease, a 62 percent decrease and a 68 percent decrease in transit.

According to Tom Tom, commuters in the capital drive to work during rush hour as they remain constant at just 25 percent.

Meanwhile, pictures from the subway this morning showed passengers obeying the rules and wearing their face covers.

It comes the day Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a "major incident" as the spread of the coronavirus threatens to "overwhelm" the capital's hospitals.

In Surrey, public health experts are so concerned about the outbreak that vans will be deployed at beauty spots this weekend telling people to stay home.

Apple Mobility Trends shows a 44 percent decrease, a 62 percent decrease and a 68 percent decrease in transit in London

According to Tom Tom, commuters drive to work during rush hour as they stay constant at just 25 percent

According to Tom Tom, commuters drive to work during rush hour as they stay constant at just 25 percent

It shows driving, walking and transit data from Apple Mobility for the capital over the past year

It shows driving, walking and transit data from Apple Mobility for the capital over the past year

Apple Mobility Trends shows that the number of people who are out and about in London has fallen back to April levels.

Driving, walking and transit were all massive on three levels prior to the lockdown and are about to be shut down for the first time in late March.

Separate data from Tom Tom supports the numbers and shows that few Londoners are currently on the road.

Over the last week, congestion rates have remained low and rarely exceed 25 percent even during rush hour.

The subway is 18 percent busy, compared to 5 percent in April, but more trains are helping with social distancing.

It is also important to get key workers to and from their jobs in industries such as healthcare and construction.

The subway is 18 percent busy, compared to 5 percent in April, but more trains are helping with social distancing

The subway is 18 percent busy, compared to 5 percent in April, but more trains are helping with social distancing

It is also important to get key workers to and from their jobs in industries such as healthcare and construction

It is also important to get key workers to and from their jobs in industries such as healthcare and construction

Most of the seats were taken at Canada Water on the Jubilee Line towards the city center, and some people had to stand

Most of the seats were taken at Canada Water on the Jubilee Line towards the city center, and some people had to stand

Pictures from this morning showed commuters on the subway network on their way to work.

Most of the seats were taken at Canada Water on the Jubilee Line towards the city center.

Some travelers were seen standing to ensure there was more space between them and other passengers.

In other footage, people walked through the subway station, with a man defying the rules by pulling his face covering under his chin.

Meanwhile, bus use in the capital is 30 percent, while it was 18 percent in the first wave.

City Hall said Covid-19 cases in London have exceeded 1,000 per 100,000, while 35 percent more people are hospitalized with the virus than at the height of the pandemic in April.

A "major incident" means that the associated "severity of the consequences" "is likely to limit or impede the ability of emergency responders to allocate resources and manage the incident".

Mr Khan has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking for more financial support for Londoners who are self-isolating and unable to work, as well as daily vaccination dates.

He also calls for the closure of places of worship and the routine wearing of face masks outside the home, including in crowded places and in supermarket queues.

Nightingale Hospital in the capital will open in the next few days to accept patients without Covid, freeing up beds in hospitals for those with the virus.

Cases a day in London

Cases a day in London

People hospitalized in London

People hospitalized in London

Coronavirus deaths in London

Coronavirus deaths in London

Mr Khan said: “The situation in London is critical now as the virus is spiraling out of control.

& # 39; The number of cases in London has grown rapidly and more than a third more patients are being treated in our hospitals compared to the peak of the pandemic last April.

“Our heroic doctors, nurses and NHS staff are doing a great job, but with cases growing so rapidly, our hospitals are at risk of being overwhelmed. The dire reality is we won't have any beds for patients for the next few weeks unless the spread of the virus slows down drastically.

“We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is in crisis. If we don't take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die.

“Londoners continue to make great sacrifices and today I beg them to please stay home unless you absolutely have to go.

"Stay home to protect yourself, your family, friends and other Londoners and to protect our NHS."

In a letter to Boris Johnson, he called for churches and other places of worship to be closed, and for face masks to be routinely worn outside the home, including in supermarket lines and other places outside the home that may be crowded

He said the NHS had announced 477 deaths in London hospitals in the past three days alone after testing positive for Covid-19 (Piccadilly Circus pictured today).

He said the NHS had announced 477 deaths in London hospitals in the past three days alone after testing positive for Covid-19 (Piccadilly Circus pictured today).

The Bureau of National Statistics found in its mass testing program that nearly two-thirds (61%) of the positive tests found in England appeared to be related to the new variant of the virus. In some regions - particularly London and the south - the number was higher but in others it was lower

The Bureau of National Statistics found in its mass testing program that nearly two-thirds (61%) of the positive tests found in England appeared to be related to the new variant of the virus. In some regions – particularly London and the south – the number was higher but in others it was lower

City Hall said the London Ambulance Service now handles up to 8,000 emergency calls a day, compared to 5,500 on a typical busy day.

Firefighters have helped drive ambulances and responded to 100,000 incidents since volunteering for assistance in April.

London's Regional Director of Public Health for England, Professor Kevin Fenton, said the situation now is "the greatest threat our city has faced in this pandemic".

& # 39; The advent of the new variant means we're setting the record fall rate at almost double the national average. At least one in 30 people now believed to be carrying the virus.

& # 39; Our NHS services are under immense pressure and currently another 800 people are being admitted to our hospitals every day. We know that unfortunately this will result in a large number of deaths, so strong and immediate action is required.

“To relieve our hospitals, we must first stop the spread. That means we have to stay home. Cut your contacts, reduce your movements, do as little as possible.

"A lot has been asked of the Londoners in the last 12 months, but your choices and actions have never been more important right now."

St. George & # 39; s Hospital in Tooting, south London, had to significantly expand its ICU capacity and move non-skilled workers to highly dependent roles in order to cope with the workload.

Staff said they were "resilient" to the challenge ahead, but acknowledged that there was little room for maneuver.

Dr. Mark Haden, an emergency room advisor, said, “We make it look like normal, but it's not very much – it's very different from our usual work pattern.

“Everyone has more stress than usual. Everyone works at the limit, on the threshold of what they can do.

& # 39; The occupancy of the hospital bed is very, very high, there are currently many Covid patients as inpatients. It's very stressful for the employees and it's starting to show. & # 39;

St. George & # 39; s had to increase the number of intensive care beds for the critically ill from 60 to 120, the vast majority of which are for coronavirus patients.

New analysis shows that more than half of all major hospital trusts in England currently have more Covid-19 patients than they did at the height of the first wave of the virus.

In two regions – East England and South East England – more than three-quarters of the trusts are above their first wave peak.

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