Concern over a 'second spike' of coronavirus infections are accelerating in Croydon after the latest data from Public Health England (PHE) showed a clear increase in the number of new cases in recent days.

Throughout the borough increasing numbers of new cases are being confirmed daily, the data suggested.

Showing the latest number of newly confirmed cases between September 27 and October 3, the data showed that Selhurst South and Thornton Heath were among the worst-hit areas.


A total of 14 cases were confirmed in the Selhurst South and West Croydon over the time period, the PHE data showed, while a further 10 cases were confirmed around the Croydon University Hospital and Queen's Road area of Thornton Heath.

To the North, in Norbury West, 11 more cases were confirmed according to the data.

Further South, Central Croydon reported eight new cases over the time period, while 10 more were confirmed in Woodcote in Purley.

Croydon Council warned late last week of the danger rising numbers of new cases presented in the borough, with Council Leader Tony Newman telling residents it was "vital" to follow physical distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

"The government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions came into force last week and with cases continuing to rise across London including in our borough, it’s vital everyone stays up to date with the latest rules," he said on Friday.

"The restrictions include a ban on meeting in groups of more than six people indoors or outdoors (unless they are all part of your household or support bubble); a 10pm curfew for the hospitality sector; and wearing a face covering in enclosed public spaces.

"It is vital now that we all follow these rules, not only because the government has now introduced hefty fines for those who do not, but because doing so helps to keep Croydon safe – our own friends, family, colleagues and the rest of our communities," Cllr Newman added.

Meanwhile 22,961 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the UK as a whole by the World Health Organization on Monday (October 5) after the Conservative government admitted a failure to the computer system used by its ‘track-and trace’ program caused a backlog of cases to go unreported.

An additional 12,593 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the UK a day later (October 6).