The MP representing the area of the first coronavirus related death in London says that is no need for people in Sutton to worry.

A man in his 70s with a pre-existing illness died at St Helier Hospital in Sutton on Monday (March 9)

The hospital said he was “very unwell with long-term health conditions”.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Elliot Colburn told us that he has had meetings with health minister, Jo Churchill, and St Helier chief executive, Daniel Elkeles.

He said all patients and members of staff who came into contact with the man have been identified.

“He was in this vulnerable category,” said Mr Colburn.

“I think quite a significant number of staff and patients have been tested for the virus.”

But he did not want people in the area to panic and said he has been assured that the death does not mean that there is a higher risk to the local community.

Mr Colburn added: “My understanding is that it reinforces the point that we really need people to be responsible and making sure they follow advice.

“In the first instance people should call NHS 111 and self isolate if they are advised to.

“First and foremost I am pleading with people for calm. There is no need to start panic buying or self-isolating if you have not been told to or have not been to an affected country.

“I’ve seen a few videos of people fighting over toilet rolls, we are really not at that stage.

“I am sure that on a local level we have a proportionate response.”

Services at St Helier Hospital and across Sutton are not affected.

As of 3pm today (Tuesday, March 10) 91 people across the capital had tested positive for the virus.