Public Health England says there will be a “much more serious situation” in London if the spread of coronavirus is not slowed in the region.
Professor Kevin Fenton, London regional director for PHE, said Covid-19 is a “very real threat” and has urged Londoners to be vigilant in their approach to social distancing.
Government figures published on Saturday, October 10, show a further 1,174 people in the region have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total up to 60,902.
Prof Fenton said in a statement: “Coronavirus cases in London are continuing to rise and we are seeing undeniable evidence of that trend. Unless this changes and we slow the spread we will have a much more serious situation on our hands in the coming weeks.
“I would urge all Londoners to be aware of the data and recognise the very real threat our city is facing. Our actions today matter and by working together we can have an impact.
“We can limit the severity of a second wave and help protect ourselves and our city by being vigilant in our approach to social distancing, wearing a face covering and washing our hands regularly.”
He added that restrictions implemented by the Government such as the rule of six and reducing hospitality hours will also help prevent transmission of the virus.
He said: “Now is the time for us to pull together, collectively put our guard up and do our bit for London.”