A total of 17 new coronavirus deaths were announced today at east London hospitals, bringing the death toll up to more than 650.
Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross in Leytonstone and four inner-east London hospitals, confirmed 12 new deaths.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS trust (BHRUT), which manages King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford, confirmed five.
This brings the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic at each trust to 351 and 302 respectively.
This week, 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.
A website allowing key workers to book tests temporarily closed today, just hours after it opened, due to a massive influx of requests.
Downing Street said 5,000 home testing kits were ordered in the first two minutes of the website going online.
It has been suggested that social distancing could be in place until the end of this year, although the Government has been vague about its plans to end lockdown.