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A total of 16 new coronavirus fatalities have been confirmed at east London hospitals today, as the daily death toll spikes after a lull yesterday.
In trusts across the nation, more than 700 new deaths were confirmed, compared to less than 500 the day before.
The majority of new east London deaths announced today were confirmed by Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross in Leytonstone.
The trust’s five hospitals collectively confirmed 12 new deaths, compared to the four announced by King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Ilford.
This brings the total number of deaths at both north east London NHS trusts to 525.
The real figure is thought to be far higher, due to the number of cases in care homes and the community.
At least three healthcare professionals are thought to have died in Redbridge and Waltham Forest from coronavirus, although only one worked at either of the two trusts.
Amrik Bamotra was a radiology support worker at King George Hospital and his death was announced on April 17.