This comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked the government to draw up plans for the so-called lockdown which would close businesses, reduce transport services and limit gatherings.
Meanwhile, education secretary Gavin Williamson said Thursday that “extra measures” were “continuously under review” this morning, as up to 40 Tube stations closed for the day.
“It is an evolving situation, we’re constantly looking at the scientific and medical advice.”
The city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, also said, "Londoners should be avoiding social interaction unless absolutely necessary."
Scientists argue that the spread of the virus is more advanced in London than in other parts of the country with few people heeding the advice to work from home and stop going to bars, restaurants and other public places.