Figures for Queen’s, King George and Whipps Cross hospitals

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King George and Queen’s Hospital has announced 17 more coronavirus fatalities after the cause of earlier deaths was retroactively confirmed.

This includes a cluster of ten deaths on April 7 and brings the total number of deaths at their NHS trust since the start of the pandemic to 153.

However, this is nearly half the total fatalities at neighbouring trust Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross and four other hospitals.

Barts announced ten new confirmed deaths, the majority from the last few days, bringing its death toll up to 290.

It is thought that the figures for both trusts will be far lower than the number who have died in the London boroughs they cover.

Hundreds are thought to have died in care homes and the community across the nation.

Recently, concerns were raised that an Ilford care home being forced to take an untested hospital patient could worsen the spread of the disease.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter