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There have been almost 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths in east London hospitals since the start of the pandemic.
Seventeen new deaths were announced today by NHS trusts managing hospitals in Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering and further afield.
Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages Whipps Cross in Leytonstone and four other hospitals, confirmed 12 deaths, the majority from more than a week ago.
The trust managing King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford confirmed five deaths.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths confirmed by NHS trusts around the country rose to 350, from around 200 reported yesterday.
According to Public Health England, there were 210 total coronavirus-related deaths in the UK yesterday, including those outside of hospital.
So far, there have been more than 32,000 deaths linked to coronavirus in the UK and more than 223,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
Today, the government announced it would extend the furlough scheme until the end of October, another four months.