Sadiq Khan demands government take urgent action on monkeypox as London cases soar
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for urgent action on monkeypox after cases have surged in the capital.
Khan reported that monkeypox cases have soared in the capital, with 71 per cent cases in the current outbreak reported in London.
According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), between May 6 and July 11 this year, there have been 1,735 confirmed monkeypox cases in the UK – 1,229 were Londoners.
Metro reported that Khan has written to the newly appointed health secretary, Steve Barclay, about his concern over monkeypox, urging the government to act fast.
Khan said: “London is currently seeing the highest rate of infection and I’m deeply concerned that reported monkeypox cases have doubled in less than a week.
“If we have learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that early action and coordination is vital to get ahead of the curve.
“The government must rapidly ensure that there’s a coordinated and resourced approach to tackle the threat faced by monkeypox now.”
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— UK Health Security Agency (@UKHSA) July 12, 2022