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London is at risk of a “deadly second wave” of coronavirus and needs more powers to ensure a local lockdown can be imposed if necessary, Sadiq Khan has warned.

More than 8,000 Londoners have lost their lives in the pandemic – including 90 NHS workers in the capital – and the Mayor warned that “we could have more deaths going forward”.

At a meeting of the London Health Board, he told the capital’s health chiefs to avoid self-congratulation and urged them to quickly learn the lessons of the first wave of deaths. “None of us are in the mood for celebration,” Mr Khan said.

Noting the “profound” impact of Covid-19 on London, Mr Khan said: “We may have passed the peak of this crisis but the pandemic is clearly not over.

“There is still a serious threat of a deadly second wave. To avoid this, it’s going to be crucial we make a clear commitment to learn the lessons from the past few months and apply them quickly.”

He praised the “heroic” NHS and social care workers and said the availability of PPE protective equipment was an “ongoing concern”.

The Mayor added: “Leicester has just announced an extension of lockdown . We could well be having local challenges.

“I’ve written to [Health Secretary] Matt Hancock because I’m concerned whether we have got the levers we need if, God forbid, if we needed to have a Leicester-type local lockdown, whether it’s specific to an organisation or on geographical boundaries. I’m not sure we are quite ready.”

“We have lost more than 8,000 Londoners at least. The bad news is we could have more deaths going forward.”

Data provided to yesterday’s health board said there had been 8,222 deaths involving coronavirus in London by June 5.

The first positive test result in London was on February 11 and the first death was on March 6, a patient at Barts Health NHS Trust.

“The bad news is we could have more deaths going forward” (PA)

The number of new cases peaked on April 2 at more than 1,000 cases. By June 15, there were 27,345 confirmed cases in the capital – 17 per cent of all cases in England.

Deaths peaked in the week ending April 10, when 1,941 deaths were registered. There were more than 5,000 people with Covid in London hospitals that week, including 1,100 in critical care.

Three-quarters of London deaths have occurred in hospitals, 16 per cent in care homes and eight per cent at home. London’s black and ethnic communities have been hit hard. Of the 90 NHS staff deaths, 82 per cent were Londoners of BAME heritage.

Public health chiefs today moved to calm fears of apparent increases in cases in some London boroughs, saying the overall infection rate was “low and steady”.

Professor Kevin Fenton, London regional director of Public Health England, said: “The increases in some boroughs that have been reported are mainly sporadic and are being uncovered as we scale-up testing and contact tracing activity across the city.

“Importantly, the overall levels of coronavirus in London remain low and steady.”

He told the London Health Board that the capital was better prepared for any second wave. “We can expect increases in cases but we are in a significantly different place now than we were at the beginning of the pandemic,” he said.