For the first time in the second wave of Covid, London today recorded a marked increase in “excess deaths” as the deadly impact of the virus was revealed.

This development occurred after the number of weekly Covid deaths in the capital jumped by 42 per cent, from 87 to 124, as the total number of deaths from all causes in London rose to 1,112 – 139 more than average for the time of year, Evening Standard reports.

Meanwhile, this has come as the number of Covid deaths across the UK increased by 612 to 2,838 in the week to November 13, a rise of 27.5 per cent.

For 25 weeks, it has been recored that today’s figures are the worst in London but do show that the capital continues to be less severely affected than the rest of the country by the second wave.

In the most recent week , only the South West recorded fewer deaths, a total of 100.