Hotels in London are providing hundreds of beds to homeless people in an effort to protect them from the corona virus.
Mirror reported that over the weekend, 300 hotel rooms were provided to homeless people in the British capital. London Mayor Sadiq Khan partnered with Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) to book rooms at discounted rates, over the next 12 weeks.
As the Covid-19 epidemic continues to rage the UK, concerns are raised about how homeless people will cope with infection if they become infected. They have underlying health conditions, including breathing problems, than the average person. In addition, homeless people are less likely to follow the advice of the UK Department of Public Health on how to isolate themselves, how far away from society and how to wash their hands.
The Mayor of London said: “The corona virus outbreak affects all residents of London and we must do everything we can to protect the health of everyone, especially those in London who sleep every night on capital streets “.
“The homeless face the difficult and precarious life, I am determined to do everything I can to ensure they, along with the people of London, are protected as best they can. Together, As a city, we will go through this extremely difficult period, “Mr. Khan said.
The hotel rooms will provide “important protection” to help those sleeping on the street can use the space to isolate themselves. The mayor’s office adds that it will continue to support a range of partners including the counties of London and the Department of Housing to identify and help other homeless people.
As of the morning of March 23, the number of people in the UK who were positive for corona virus was 5,683, of which 281 patients died.
On March 20, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the closure of all pubs, restaurants and gyms to prevent a pandemic.