The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in London has risen to more than 4,800 per week, official figures reveal today.
They show an increase of 4,824 in the week to October 1, compared to an increase of 3,363 the previous week and 1,875 a week earlier.
East London is the capital’s main hotspot with 249 cases confirmed in Redbridge in the week to October 1, 234 in Newham and 207 in Tower Hamlets.
There were also 240 new cases in Barnet, 233 in Ealing and 216 in the Hackney & City area.
Some other regions are also seeing big increases, including Richmond-upon-Thames, where cases jumped by 142 in the week to October 1.
Figures were released after it emerged that a technical glitch meant nearly 16,000 cases of Covid-19 went unreported and leads to delays in efforts to trace the contacts of those people who have tested positive for the virus.
Hundreds of cases in London are believed to be among 15,841 cases between September 25 and October 2 that went unreported on the government’s daily scoreboard.
The increase in confirmed infections in the capital may also be due to additional testing, as it was declared of concern by Covid on September 25.
The Department of Health and Welfare, however, was unable to give up-to-date figures for testing in the capital, which was reduced from 90,000 in mid-August to 65,000 in September.
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said all those caught in the technical error had received their test results.
But she told Times Radio: “I understand why people may wonder what’s going on. ”
Pressed by delays in contact tracing, she insisted the majority of affected cases involved people who had tested positive in recent days.
However, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “It is shameful and people across the country will understandably be alarmed.
Health chiefs in London are meeting this week to discuss the need for tighter restrictions to tackle Covid, with Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs already urging households to limit visits to other people’s homes. .