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Eight new coronavirus deaths were recorded at Barts Health NHS Trust today, while the trust managing King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital had none.
In total, since the start of the pandemic, the two trusts covering much of east London have had 778 deaths from the virus in their hospitals.
Overall, the daily death toll in hospitals alone remains fairly low, with 331 deaths recorded today by NHS trusts across the country.
However, Public Health England recorded 693 deaths nationwide yesterday (May 5) suggesting many more died outside hospitals.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the UK’s death toll from coronavirus had surpassed those recorded in Italy, making this the worst-affected country in Europe.
There have been 29,427 deaths recorded so far across the UK.
The latest total for Italy, previously the worst-hit in Europe, now stands at 29,315.
Italy began lifting lockdown measures on Monday, with an estimated four million returning to work.