Sadiq Khan calls for urgent action to tackle rising monkeypox cases

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

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

“If we’ve learned anything from the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s that early action and coordination is key to getting ahead.

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

“I have let the Secretary of State know that City Hall will do everything in its power to ensure that Londoners have the information and support they need. »

Most of those affected by the virus in this year’s outbreak are men, 99.4%, according to the UKHSA.

Of the confirmed cases for which sex information was available, 1,633 were male and only 10 female.

Sexual health charities have warned that the increased burden on their services caused by monkeypox also risks undermining the government’s aim of ending new cases of HIV in the UK by 2030.

Monkeypox is linked to smallpox and cases are usually found in West and Central Africa, with the virus not often spreading elsewhere.

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