Disturbing spike in deaths after yesterday’s optimism

King George and Queen’s Hospital’s NHS Trust today reported the second highest number of new coronavirus deaths of any London NHS trust.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT), which manages the two hospitals, today confirmed 13 new deaths.

This is second only to the 16 reported today at King’s College Hospital NHS Trust.

Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross and four other hospitals in east London, reported just four new deaths today.

Overall, the number of deaths reported across the country is still reduced from previous weeks, with only 445 in total.

The total deaths at BHRUT’s hospitals in Ilford and Romford is so far 339 since the start of the pandemic. At Barts Health NHS Trust the total is 387.

The government has stated that from today it will publish the number of coronavirus deaths in care homes daily, although the NHS website still states these deaths are not included in its figures.

It is not known how many deaths are still occurring in care homes and the community but the total is thought to be significant.

Waltham Forest Council revealed last week that it could lose £40 million during lockdown and Redbridge Council’s cabinet estimated it would lose almost £50 million in a virtual meeting last night.

The government has so far paid out £1.6 billion in grants across the nation and will pay another £1.6 billion in May.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter