Number of daily fatalities beginning to slow

More than 700 patients have now died of coronavirus in east London hospitals, as the number of new daily deaths begins to slow.

Barts Health NHS Trust and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) confirmed seven more deaths between them today.

Across the country, the number of new deaths was less than 350, suggesting that social distancing is beginning to work to flatten the rate of new cases.

Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone and four inner-east London hospitals, has seen 380 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Neighbouring BHRUT, which manages King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford, has seen 324.

It is not known how many deaths are still occurring in care homes and the community.

As lockdown continues, with no confirmed end date in sight, it is beginning to have an increasingly worrying effect on local authorities.

Waltham Forest Council has already lost £20 million and expects this figure to at least double before lockdown ends.

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

Mick Ferris

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