Sadiq Khan calls for urgent action to tackle rise in monkeypox cases

On Thursday evening, Mr Khan said: “Today I wrote to the Health Secretary about the growing number of monkeypox cases in London and the UK.

“London is currently experiencing its highest rate of infection and I am deeply concerned that reported cases of monkeypox have doubled in less than a week.

“If we have learned anything from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that early action and coordination are key to staying ahead of the curve.

“The government must quickly ensure there is a coordinated and resourced approach to address the monkeypox threat now.

“I have informed the Foreign Secretary that City Hall will do everything possible to ensure Londoners have the information and support they need.”

According to the UKHSA, most people affected by the virus during this year’s outbreak have been men, with 99.4 per cent.

Of the confirmed cases where gender information was available, 1,633 were males and only 10 were females.

Sexual health charities have warned that the increased burden of monkeypox on their services could also jeopardize the government’s goal of ending new HIV cases in the UK by 2030.

Monkeypox is related to smallpox and cases usually occur in west and central Africa, although the virus does not often spread elsewhere.

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