More than 6,200 coronavirus cases were recorded in London in a week.

New figures released today show there were 6,273 confirmed cases in the seven days to October 4, up from 3,965 in the previous week.

Redbridge, in east London, and Richmond, in the south-west of the capital, have both now gone above the 100 new cases per 100,000 threshold in a week, according to an up-to-date analysis of the figures.

If the infection rate rises above the threshold, new measures to combat Covid, such as a ban on households mixing, could be imposed under Boris Johnson’s (right) three-tier plans, according to reports.

In London, restrictions are likely to be city-wide.

A decision on tightening them could come in possibly within the next two weeks.

Part of the rise in cases in the capital is due to more testing.

Peter John, chairman of London Councils, said: “London does not need to inevitably follow the North West and the North East in terms of infection rates and increased restrictions.


"But we can only avoid that if everyone follows the rules. If we do that, London has a fighting chance of emerging from this awful pandemic much sooner than we think.”

The epidemic is spiralling in cities in the North and Midlands, including Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham

Infection rates in the hardest-hit boroughs of London are less than a fifth as high as the hotspots in the North.

There are 359 Covid patients in hospital in the capital, 59 of whom are on ventilators.

For the smaller North West region, the figures are 1,030 in hospital and 115 on ventilators. In the North East and Yorkshire region, there are 772 in hospital and 94 on ventilators.

However, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, said: “The figures for the number of cases in London are worrying.

"If the trend continues it’s just weeks away from being the same as what we are currently seeing in the North. That would be hugely damaging for the UK as a whole given that it’s such an economic powerhouse.”

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “With further restrictions increasingly likely, it is even more urgent that the Government come forward with a new package of emergency financial support for businesses and employees.

“Many of our hospitality venues and other businesses simply won’t be able to survive further restrictions without immediate financial help.”

Three boroughs had more than 300 cases in the seven-day period, according to figures compiled by the PA news agency.

They were Ealing with 320, Redbridge 317 and Barnet 314.

Sixteen areas have more than 200 cases including Brent, Enfield, Hackney (where the bulk of cases were recorded) and the City of London, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Lambeth, Newham, Richmond, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Croydon.

Significant rises have been seen in Croydon, up to 241 cases compared with 124 in the previous week, Kingston, rising from 59 to 121, Camden from 73 to 138, Bromley from 90 to 179, Lewisham from 104 to 185, Wandsworth from 125 to 217, Westminster from 76 to 175, Lambeth from 132 to 232, Kensington and Chelsea from 37 to 112 and Harrow from 105 to 208.