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Four patients have now died from coronavirus at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
All four were elderly and had “significant other health conditions”, according to a statement released today (Thursday, March 19).
As of the most recent reports, there were only seven cases of the novel COVID-19 virus in Havering.
Tony Chambers, interim Chief Executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We can confirm that four elderly patients, who tested positive for COVID-19 have sadly died at Queen’s Hospital.
“The patients had been very unwell with significant other health conditions.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the patients’ families at what is undoubtedly a very distressing time.
“We ask that their privacy is respected.”
The most recent death toll for the UK was 137.
There are thought to be more than 2,600 cases, although the real number may be higher.