London will today hit the landmark figure of 100,000 cases of covid diagnosed since the start of the pandemic.

But other key figures show that, unlike other parts of the country, the capital’s health system is under far less pressure than at the peak of the first wave.

The number of Londoners dying with covid continues to increase, with 79 deaths in the most recent seven-day period. But that is about a third of the 232 recorded in the week before the first national lockdown was imposed on March 23.

Government figures showed an additional 2,056 coronavirus diagnoses in London yesterday, taking the total to 99,486.

However this is an underestimate of the true scale of the pandemic in the capital due to a lack of testing in the first wave and the fact that thousands of people will have been asymptomatic and thus not sought a test.

Evening Standard