Five new deaths confirmed

Five new coronavirus deaths were confirmed at east London hospitals today after the Prime Minister announced we were “past the peak” of the virus.

Four were recorded at King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital’s in Romford, compared to just one at Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross in Leytonstone.

There were 352 deaths recorded across the country, even less than were reported yesterday.

Overall, more than 26,000 people have died nationwide since the start of the pandemic in March.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, having returned to work after falling sick with the virus, says the UK is “past the peak” of the outbreak but not must risk future spikes.

He said he will set out a plan for how the country can leave lockdown next week and that face masks will be a “useful” part of this strategy.

Testing and contact tracing are believed to be a key part of leaving lockdown but the Government definitively fell short of its target of 100,000 daily tests by the end of April.

However, more than 81,000 tests were carried out on Wednesday (April 29), with Mr Johnson insisting the Government was “massively ramping up” testing.

Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter