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Covid-19 cases confirmed for London have risen above 8,000 in a week, leaving the capital facing tougher restrictions being announced within days.

Eight boroughs have now gone above the key threshold of 100 new cases a week per 100,000 population.

Four more are just below this level which is seen as one of a series of potential trigger points for stricter measures.

Any new restrictions are likely to be city-wide and the infection rate for the capital as a whole has risen to close to 90 cases per 100,000 people.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has put the city on notice that a Tier 2 clampdown , which would see a ban on mixing between households indoors, is probably just days away from being announced.

Ministers are currently having to deal with far worse coronavirus hotspots in the North and Midlands but talks are also due on tighter restrictions for the capital.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told LBC Radio: “If London needs to go into Tier 2, it may but right now that is not the approach that is being recommended.”

Ealing has the highest Covid-19 rate in London at 136.9 cases per 100,000 in the week to October 9, with 468 cases, according to an analysis by the Evening Standard.

Richmond has a rate of 133.3 (264 cases), Hackney and the City of London area 124.8 (363 cases with the vast majority of them in Hackney) , Redbridge 124.5 (380 cases), Harrow 114.7 (288 cases), Haringey 109.4 (294), Barnet 106.3 (421), and Hammersmith & Fulham 101 (187).

Four boroughs have reached a rate of at least 98, Hounslow, Kingston, Kensington & Chelsea and Wandsworth.

The figures for Richmond and some other boroughs, particularly wealthy areas, are believed to being affected by a significant number of students from these areas testing positive at universities around the country but their cases being counted based on their home district.

Mr Khan told Sky News yesterday: “Across our city… the average over the last seven days is about 90 per 100,000. All the indicators I have, hospital admissions, ICU occupancy, the numbers of older people with cases, the prevalence of the disease, the positivity are all going the wrong direction.

“Which means, I’m afraid, it’s inevitable over the course of the next few days London will have passed a trigger point to be in the second tier.”

The number of cases in London has risen to 8,197 in the week to October 9, compared to 6,083 for the previous seven days.