Kingston Council (RBK) are expected to announce surge testing and vaccinations in the borough in the coming days amid the worst coronavirus infection rates in London.

Public Health England (PHE) data showed borough's infection rate per 100,000 people stood at 77.7 in the week up to June 1, far higher than the UK's national average of 42.1, which is also increasing fast at present.

Over that time, 138 new Covid infections were confirmed in Kingston, up 41 or 42.3 per cent on the previous week's figure.

Kingston and Surbiton MP and Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said previously that surge testing and vaccinations in the borough would be introduced to combat a steep rise in the number of new Covid-19 infections seen there in recent days and weeks, fuelled by the highly infectious 'Delta' variant.

"Kingston’s Covid rates are rising fast and are now London’s highest, driven by the Delta strain.

"Urgent action will include surge testing and surge vaccination," the Lib Dem leader posted to Twitter.

Kingston Council said they would be updating their advice and information on the council's dedicated Covid page Tuesday (June 8).

Sir David King, an ex-chief scientific adviser to the Government who chairs the SAGE advisory group, said current Covid-19 data are "evidence of another wave appearing".

Speaking with Sky News, he said: "(There are) 5,300 new cases of the disease per day in the United Kingdom and we’re up about 2,000 on last week.

"Now we’ve been discussing whether or not we’re going into a serious third wave and I don’t think we can possibly wait any longer.

"This is the evidence of another wave appearing."

Covid-19 case rates are rising in more local areas of the UK than at any point since early January, with numbers increasing in almost all parts of north-west England, London and Scotland, new analysis shows.

Nearly three-quarters of UK local authorities (283 out of 380) recorded a week-on-week rise in Covid-19 case rates for the seven days to June 2 – the highest proportion since January 6.

Some 30 of the 32 local authority areas in London and 35 out of 39 in north-west England are currently recording a week-on-week rise in rates, while in Scotland rates are up in 31 of the 32 council areas.

The analysis was compiled by the PA news agency using PHE data.