The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in London hit 37,188 yesterday, with Croydon the worst affected borough.
Figures released by Public Health England showed that the borough had recorded 1,922 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of today, while Brent has had 1,863.
Barnet and Ealing have recorded 1,766 and 1,699 positive tests respectively.
Bromley had the fifth most London coronavirus cases with 1,576.
The capital has had 11.7 per cent of the UK’s 319,197 confirmed cases.
The official number of people in the UK to have died of coronavirus within 28 days of contracting it has now reached 41,369.
Cases are steadily rising across the UK, with millions placed in local lockdowns in locations such as Greater Manchester and Leicester.
The increase in numbers has prompted some to suggest that a second wave is inevitable or even potentially already under way.
London coronavirus cases by borough (By alphabetical order)
Data sourced from Public Health England, effective as of 4 August
|Barking and Dagenham||808|
|Hackney and City of London||1,053|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||842|
|Kensington and Chelsea||621|
|Kingston upon Thames||788|
|Richmond upon Thames||600|
A second London lockdown?
The number of active cases in the capital is far lower than at the peak of the crisis. But infection rates are beginning to climb in some boroughs.
London’s R number, which indicates how many people somebody with coronavirus will infect for London could be as high as 1.1. That means the virus could be spreading across London since lockdown was eased.
The London boroughs with the most coronavirus cases as of 11 August were Croydon, Ealing, Bromley and Barnet.
These figures reportedly forced the government to consider a so-called “M25 lockdown” earlier this month, which would have seen restrictions placed on the capital.
The Sunday Times reported that this could potentially include telling people over the age of 50 to stay inside and to ban travel in and out of Greater London, with the M25 as a border point.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan still hit out at the government, shortly after reports emerged, for not being involved in the contingency planning for a London lockdown.
It’s official: UK in a recession
UK GDP shrank a record 20.4 per cent in the second quarter to plunge the country into its largest recession on record as the coronavirus pandemic decimated economies around the world.
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the economy is now 22.1 per cent smaller than it was at the end of 2019.
The decline was largely driven by a 20 per cent fall in output in April, the biggest monthly decline on record, as the UK went into full lockdown.
With the easing of measures in May and June, a semblance of a recovery began, with GDP picking up 8.7 per cent in the latter.
Last quarter, GDP slumped 2.2 per cent, which was at the time the worst fall since 1979, as the disease just started to hit the UK economy.
The cliff edge drop that followed between April and June sent the UK hurtling into recession, which is defined as two straight quarters of economic decline.