DAILY UPDATE: Four deaths announced in East London hospitals

Four new coronavirus-related deaths were announced in east London hospitals today.

Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone and four other hospitals, announced just one new death.

Neighbouring Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT), which manages King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford, announced three.

According to Public Health England, 338 people died from the virus yesterday, a similar number to the day before.

So far, more than 32,000 people have died in England since the start of the pandemic.

In a council meeting last night, Waltham Forest mayor Chris Robbins said more than 200 people in the borough had died of the virus.

This figures includes a council enforcement officer in his 50s and two former mayors, one of whom escaped Nazi Germany and was just shy of her 102nd birthday.

Tributes were paid to them by their former colleagues at the meeting, with Mayor Robbins adding a “fuller tribute” would take place as soon as possible.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter