Latest coronavirus fatalities figures released for East London and Havering

There have now been more than 600 deaths from coronavirus at east London hospitals.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS trust (BHRUT) confirmed 23 new deaths today, while neighbouring Barts Health NHS trust confirmed four.

This means the total number of deaths at BHRUT, which manages King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford, is 297.

It is therefore catching up with previously far worse-affected Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone and four inner-east London hospitals.

The total number of coronavirus deaths confirmed at Barts Health NHS Trust currently stands at 339.

Barts remains the fourth worst-affected NHS trust in London.

Yesterday, health secretary Matt Hancock insisted that the government would still reach its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests every day by the end of this month.

This would require a five-fold increase in the number of tests in just one week.

It has been suggested that social distancing could be in place until the end of the year, although the government has been vague about its plans to end lockdown.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter