Follow our live blog for the latest news, announcements and medical advice from across east London, to be brought to you throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Thousands of schoolchildren are at risk of going hungry over the Easter school holidays during the pandemic because they aren’t eligible for the government’s food voucher scheme, it has emerged.

An NHS volunteer responder has been forced to stop delivering medicine and food supplies to vulnerable neighbours after thieves stole his moped.

Parks may be closed and fines will be issued if people continue to ignore coronavirus lockdown rules, the council says.

Both Barking and Dagenham MPs have expressed their well wishes to prime minister Boris Johnson as he remains in intensive care at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.

Barking and Dagenham Council’s deputy leader has thanked nearly 350 volunteers who have signed up to support their neighbours during the coronavirus crisis.

An emergency fundraising appeal has been launched to provide items such as wash kits for hospital staff and iPads to keep coronavirus patients connected to their families.

A group of 93 MPs have called upon Royal Mail to offer greater protection for postal workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

A consultant in the Intensive Care team at Queen’s Hospital has shared his experience from the frontline.

The consequences of coronavirus feel endless, as the pandemic has stolen lives, jobs and freedom.

A care home has been accused of neglecting a 92-year-old woman who was taken to hospital after her family called for assistance.

The government has extended a voucher scheme to provide children free school meals over Easter.

A university is saluting the NHS and care workers by lighting up its building blue as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The firefighters who battled a Barking industrial estate blaze this morning saved vital NHS supplies destined for the new Nightingale Hospital.

Nurses at Queen’s and King George hospitals are worried the lack of testing and protective equipment is spreading coronavirus among staff and patients.

Businesses that have hiked the price of items such as toilet roll and hand sanitisers have been branded “selfish and exploitative” by Barking’s MP.

A Barking humanitarian worker has told how she spent 10 days struggling to get home from Cambodia as the coronavirus crisis led to international borders closing.

A community initiative set up to ensure vulnerable residents are supported throughout the coronavirus crisis has helped more than 300 people during its first week.

A college’s staff have turned tech to carry on teaching after the coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut.

A total of nine businesses have been closed down after operating illegally during the coronavirus outbreak.

Scientists and health experts have confirmed that newspapers are not transmitters of Covid-19 owing to the ink and the printing process they go through.

Move over Joe Wicks because a yoga and pilates instructor has moved her classes online.

A shopkeeper is calling for the rent at his premises to be deferred to help his business survive plummeting sales triggered by the coronavirus.

The council is introducing free parking for keyworkers during the coronavirus pandemic.

A children’s hospice is urgently appealing for donations after the coronavirus put a stop to its fundraising events.

Normal life will not resume for at least six months, a key government doctor has said.

The length of the coronavirus lockdown depends on how stringently the public stick to the rules, cabinet minister Michael Gove said, as he declined to give a timeframe for the strict measures being lifted.

People across east London applauded NHS staff last night as part of a nationwide thank you event.

An east London GP has created a video in a bid to educate children about coronavirus.

The trust that runs Queen’s and King George hospitals has suspended visitors until further notice during the coronavirus crisis.

Using coronavirus to threaten someone is a criminal offence, the Director of Prosecutions (DPP) has warned after a Dagenham man appeared in court for coughing at police.

Two more patients of BHRUT – Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust – have died today after testing positive for coronavirus.

We are living in unprecedented times. None of us has seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic before.

A community centre has launched a foodbank to support people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Vicarage Field shopping centre in Barking has announced two major changes as the UK enters into a three-week lockdown.

The Recorder spoke to the chief medical officer of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT), Madga Smith, on the trust’s response and how the hospital is managing the pandemic.

A scheme has launched to support vulnerable people in Barking and Dagenham and harness the borough’s community spirit during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a televised address to the nation about how vital it is to stop coronavirus spreading, Boris Johnson announced the public is only to leave the house for shopping, basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, any medical need, to provide care and to go to and from work only where absolutely necessary.

The leader of the local authority has demanded “bold” action to prevent a spike in homelessness from coronavirus.

Starting today Queen’s and King George hospitals are postponing all routine, planned surgeries and stopping all outpatient appointments including chemotherapy as the trust has seen an increase in seriously ill patients with Covid-19.

Terminal illness charity Marie Curie has cancelled all of its upcoming public collections in London and across the UK.

Four more patients have died after testing positive for Covid-19 at Romford’s Queen’s Hospital.

The Mayor of London has suggested the Crossrail project could be further delayed because of coronavirus.

A Dagenham youth club has vowed to continue to support young people and their families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Only one visitor for each patient is allowed per day at Queen’s and King George Hospitals, according to their latest guidelines.


Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

To celebrate the launch of Connected Communities, Crowdfunder has teamed up with Trust For London to award £5,000 to five projects making a difference in Barking & Dagenham.

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