Khan said. "The stark reality is that we will run out of beds for patients in the next couple of weeks unless the spread of the virus slows down drastically.?"
The authorisation comes as the need for help grows ever greater with Britain recording 1325 new coronavirus deaths on Friday - it's highest figure since the peak of the pandemic when 1224 deaths were recorded back in April. "One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19".
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital in England also stood at a record 29,346 as of 8am local time on Friday, up by 30 per cent from a week ago. On Thursday, government figures showed that another 1,162 people were reported to have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.
"The NHS is beneath severe pressure and we have to take motion to guard it, both equally so our health professionals and nurses can go on to conserve life and so they can vaccinate as several men and women as achievable as quickly as we can".
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London is also now recording 100 Coronavirus deaths a day, a figure which has steadily risen since mid-December.
"We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point", Sadiq Khan said.
A major incident is defined as one in which there is a risk to life and welfare and is "beyond the scope of business-as-usual operations.?"
Khan made the emergency declaration to fast-track national help for the National Health Service (NHS), which he said was on the verge of running out of beds.
A major incident is "an event or situation with a range of serious consequences which requires special arrangements to be implemented by one or more emergency responder agency, " according to Britain's Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP).More news: COVID-19 hits Celtics, Heat as National Basketball Association postpones matchup
"This places many people at chance of major condition and is positioning a whole lot of pressure on our NHS".
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said 93 virus-related deaths had been recorded in the past 24 hours - more than the previous daily high of 84.
Like other European nations, the United Kingdom has started the new year in lockdown as the coronavirus continues to rage and scientists battle to stem the spread of new, more contagious variants of the virus.
The country's total COVID-19 death toll since the start of the pandemic is over 77 300, the highest in Europe.
Many public health experts have long urged the U.K.to adopt the measure as a way of reducing imported infections, though the virus is more widespread in Britain than in many other countries.More news: Sarah Jessica Parker CONFIRMS 'Sex And The City' revival