Death toll continues to drop

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Just one new death was recorded in east London hospitals today as the national toll dropped once more.

One death from coronavirus was confirmed at Barts Health NHS Trust today, the trust in charge of Whipps Cross and four other hospitals.

There were no new deaths at King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital, which last happened on March 16, although deaths today could be retroactively confirmed in future.

There were just 204 deaths recorded in hospitals across the country.

This is a decrease from the figure recorded on Sunday, which was 315.

The Government website reveals that, as of 5pm on May 2, more than 28,000 people have died after testing positive for the virus.

After criticism from care homes and the media, this figure now includes deaths in care homes and the community.

There have been 4,349 recorded deaths outside of hospitals since the start of the pandemic.

On May 2, more than 76,000 tests were conducted, falling short of Matt Hancock’s target of 100,000 a day.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter