Coronavirus lockdown has prompted some confusion about which businesses are allowed to still open.

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.

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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 coronavirus outbreak has strengthened community spirit, as people and organisations rally around society’s most vulnerable.

Residents of an entire Dagenham street came out in force to wish Vera Venables a happy birthday as she turned 89 on Tuesday, March 31.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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


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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