London’s New Year’s Eve celebration event in Trafalgar Square will not go ahead because of the surge in Omicron Covid variant cases in the capital.
Mayor Sadiq Khan says the event, for 6,500 key workers and members of the public, is being cancelled “in the interests of public safety”.
Instead, there will be a live broadcast celebrating London and its defining moments of 2021 and Khan is urging people to watch it from home.
It comes after the Mayor declared a major incident in the capital. He says London has recorded more than 65,500 new confirmed Covid cases in the past seven days. It has caused a 29% increase in London hospital admissions in the last week.