The mayor of east London borough Tower Hamlets has told residents not to mix with other households.

The borough recorded 160 new coronavirus cases in the seven days up to September 27, at a rate of 49.3 infections per 100,000 people.

John Biggs has since called on locals to "protect each other" and "take further action" to combat the virus.

He wrote in an open letter: “Despite a fall over the summer, we are seeing cases of Covid-19 rise and we need to accept that the situation is once again worsening. Tower Hamlets now has one of the highest levels of Covid-19 in London.

“As a second rise in infections hits us, we must take all steps necessary to limit the spread of the virus and protect those most at risk.”

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs has called on locals to 'protect each other' and 'take further action' to combat the virus

He added: “With this in mind, now is the time we must take further action. I am clear that the current national rules are a minimum and my advice to you all is to do everything in your power to protect each other. Our individual actions have consequences for us all.

“The next few months will be very challenging. Without a vaccine or more effective treatment, our primary weapon against the virus is responsible behaviour.

"Measures to curb the spread of the virus will only work if people follow them."

Just six of London’s 32 boroughs have infection rates below 20 cases per 100,000 – used by the government to introduce quarantine measures on travellers returning from other countries.

Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham, in East London, have passed the national average of 56.2 cases per 100,000.

The borough recorded 160 new coronavirus cases in the seven days up to September 27

The boroughs have infection rates of 68.1 and 57.8 respectively.

In City Hall, a row has reportedly erupted over whether the entire city should face lockdown measures.

Health bosses and Mayor Sadiq Khan agreed on October 1 that the virus should be fought as “one city”, the Evening Standard reports.

However, MPs in boroughs with low rates of infections fear their constituents will be hit with unnecessary curbs.

Orpington MP Gareth Bacon said: “London is not all the same. My constituency is more akin to Kent, than it is to central London.

“Cases are going up in our borough, Bromley, but not enough to justify restrictions at the moment.”

Just six of London’s 32 boroughs have infection rates below 20 cases per 100,000

Harrow East MP Bob Blackman added: “What happens if east London has a high rate of infections one month, and west London has a high rate a month later when east London has come down? If you lock down the entire capital then it could stay locked down for longer than necessary.

“It does not make sense to treat a city of eight million people as being all the same, or to restrict the movements of all of those people. It should be done on a borough by borough basis, otherwise people are naturally going to say ‘hang on, this does not make sense.’”

A spokesman for Khan said: “The Mayor, London leaders and public health advisers met yesterday afternoon to discuss the spread of coronavirus in the capital, with some boroughs seeing much higher incidences of the virus than others.

“The meeting agreed to monitor the situation very closely over the coming days and to continue to move forward and tackle the virus together as one city.”

Cases per 100,000 people in every London borough

*Data for seven days up to September 27

Barking and Dagenham - 53.5 (+114 cases)

Barnet - 35.1 (+139 cases)

Bexley - 20.1 (+50 cases)

Brent - 42.8 (+141 cases)

Bromley - 19.9 (+66 cases)

Camden - 20.7 (+56 cases)

Croydon - 23.5 (+91 cases)

Ealing - 45.1 (+154 cases)

Enfield - 35.7 (+119 cases)

Greenwich - 29.2 (+84 cases)

Hackney and City of London - 41.3 (+120 cases)

Hammersmith and Fulham - 37.8 (+70 cases)

Haringey - 31.3 (+84 cases)

Harrow - 31.5 (+79 cases)

Havering - 47.8 (+124 cases)

Hillingdon - 46.6 (+143 cases)

Hounslow - 51.6 (+140 cases)

Islington - 37.9 (+92 cases)

Kensington and Chelsea - 19.9 (+31 cases)

Kingston upon Thames - 25.9 (+46 cases)

Lambeth - 31.9 (+104 cases)

Lewisham - 21.9 (+67 cases)

Merton - 21.3 (+44 cases)

Newham - 52.7 (+186 cases)

Redbridge - 59.0 (+180 cases)

Richmond upon Thames - 31.8 (+63 cases)

Southwark - 34.5 (+110 cases)

Sutton - 22.3 (+46 cases)

Tower Hamlets - 49.3 (+160 cases)

Waltham Forest - 40.8 (+113 cases)

Wandsworth - 30.6 (+101 cases)

Westminster - 24.9 (+65 cases)