UK in ‘eye of the storm’ amid surging new coronavirus cases

  • A woman with a bicycle walks past an ambulance and members of the media on the north bank of the River Thames opposite the London Eye ferris wheel by the River Thames in London, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. The London Eye is one of the traditional sites for New Year’s Eve firework display, but it has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions in place to try and stop its spread. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON — British medics warned Friday that hospitals around the country face a perilous few weeks amid surging new coronavirus infections that have been blamed on a new variant of the virus.