The town hall has joined a national network leading a push for an economic recovery which “leaves no one behind”.

People are being urged to only book a coronavirus test if they have symptoms.

The borough has seen the lowest number of Covid-19 tests in the capital but the highest percentage of people testing positive.

Barking and Dagenham Council has written to Asda demanding it do more to force customers to wear masks, accusing the supermarket chain of “creating a public health risk and putting profits before people”.

Barking and Dagenham’s director of public health has warned the borough is close to becoming an area to watch as a result of rising coronavirus cases.

A Covid-19 patient from Chadwell Heath has left the ITU at King George Hospital after 121 days.

The coronavirus test and trace system has failed to reach almost a third of the borough’s positive cases, government figures reveal.

A magician who has performed all over the world has devised a show online to avoid becoming a “Muggle” after the coronavirus struck the entertainment industry.

London’s Transport Commissioner explains why it is safe to go back on buses, Tubes and trains, whether you are returning to work, school or just out and about

Tes Smith, director of quality and care, gives an insight into how Saint Francis Hospice worked hard to adapt so it could continue providing services during the pandemic

A McDonald’s restaurant in Dagenham has closed after three members of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

The man behind the borough’s response to coronavirus has sought to reassure parents that everything is being done to make schools safe before pupils’ go back next month.

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down, and that is especially true for children and young people who have had their education put on hold for the last six months.

The government has been warned a planned end to a ban on evictions could lead to an “avalanche” of people being forced out of their homes.

The town hall has welcomed a government U-turn on A-level and GCSE grades.

Hollywood actor Idris Elba recorded a special message for youngsters on results day.

A new survey has found that only half of us understand the new lockdown rules.

The re-imposition of quarantine on some returning from abroad and the suspension of plans to ease lockdown further are a sign that the government is still concerned that another wave of infection could come at any time, so as individuals we must continue to act with appropriate caution and follow the restrictions on how we live, meet and work.

It is impossible to know the long-term impact of coronavirus on our high streets and on other parts of the economy.

An events organiser and arts studio have teamed up so people can still tune in and drop out after the plug was pulled on festivals across the country this summer.

The town hall has pledged to take a zero-tolerance approach to unlicensed gatherings following two illegal raves.

The coronavirus outbreak means life for everyone has changed beyond recognition in the past five months - but how well do you really know the new rules?

A further easing of lockdown across England has been postponed with the prime minister warning the country “cannot be complacent” amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

A group of photography graduates have showcased their work online after the coronavirus scuppered plans to exhibit in a London gallery.

A capital-wide push to raise awareness of coronavirus testing has been backed by the town hall.


For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

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