London has been added to the national Covid-19 watchlist amid rising cases and new national restrictions, but no additional measures are being imposed on the capital at this stage.

London Councils, the body representing all 32 London boroughs, has said the capital's placement on the national watchlist is a "a stark reminder that now is time for all Londoners to pull together and take action to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe, and to ensure that London's economy is protected."

In a statement, they said: "There are no additional measures at this stage but it is welcome that that the city’s testing capacity is boosted so that Londoners have timely access to Covid-19 tests and the government must ensure that this is sustained from now on.

"If Londoners have Covid-19 symptoms they should apply for a test at nhs/coronavirus or call 119.

"London boroughs are working with their communities, business and the police to engage, educate, explain, and if necessary enforce the new restrictions and regulations and the government must ensure that it funds these so resources do not need to be drawn from other services."