Richmond’s MP has spoken out to urge residents to follow social distancing guidelines after a spike in cases.

Richmond had recorded an infection rate of 86.4 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to October 2, up from 26.3 the previous week – making it the second worst hit London borough behind Redbridge.

Richmond Park MP, Sarah Olney, said: “We don't actually know what is behind this and we don't know if there is a specific reason.

“But I want to reinforce to local people to keep following the guidelines - hands, face, space - maintain social distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask when you're in enclosed spaces or public transport.

“I think if everybody is aware of the guidance and does their very best in all circumstances to try and abide by it then I'm hopeful that we won't see any further spikes.

She added: “If people haven't been following the guidance, I really urge them to use this most recent spike in cases as a wake-up call and for that to be the reason why they start to be more careful.”