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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.

Two organisations providing frontline services to the homeless in Havering have said they will continue for as long as they can amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

Andrew Rosindell MP has urged Romford residents stranded abroad to contact him as he bids to help people return to the UK.

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.

A young couple have donated £650 worth of chocolate eggs and groceries to hard-working NHS staff.

Artwork has been created outside a Romford school thanking staff for their efforts in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

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

The mother of a five-year-old cancer patient says she is facing a nightmare after the coronavirus pandemic threatened her daughter’s access to life-saving treatment.

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.

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.

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.

A teacher from Collier Row has set up a Facebook group to help parents keep their children entertained while the schools are closed.

An Upminster GP surgery has delivered gift bags of essentials and luxuries to its vulnerable and isolated elderly patients during the coronavirus outbreak.

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

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

People across Havering have pulled together to help the elderly and vulnerable by starting up new initiatives to deliver groceries. Here’s where you can find out what help is available and how you can get involved.

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.

There were long queues at the Tesco superstore in Gallows Corner, Romford this morning as shoppers look to get supplies during the coronavirus crisis.

A coroner has called on Havering’s mental health trust to investigate after a care team failed to raise concerns when visiting a Romford man on the day he took his own life.

Havering Council leader Damian White issued a message today on how the council plans to combat the “huge challenge” of stopping the spread of Covid-19 in the borough.

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

Police have issued a warning after receiving reports of scammers taking advantage of elderly people amid the coronavirus outbreak.

After 71 years, Tapestry, formally known as Age Concern Havering, may be forced to close due to actions to delay the spread of coronavirus, unless the council steps in, says chief executive Anthony Lowe.

In light of panic-buying and fear that the more vulnerable may not get the bare necessities, Iceland is encouraging its stores managers to dedicate the first two opening hours on Wednesdays to the elderly.

Transport for London (TfL) could lose up to £500 million in income from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

People are being told to avoid, pubs, clubs, theatres and to start working from home “where they possibly can” following the first government televised press conference on the coronavirus outbreak.

From how to protect yourself from the coronavirus when you have underlying health conditions to whether pets can get the disease, we put your questions about Covid-19 to an east London GP.

Boris Johnson is to address the nation on the coronavirus threat after meeting ministers and officials to consider measures including banning mass gatherings and lengthy household isolation for the elderly.

A nurse from Romford’s Queen’s Hospital has shared her experience of life waiting on the organ donation list.

A second woman has died at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, after testing positive for Covid-19.

Tower Hamlets now has eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 and Barking and Dagenham has five.

The largest education union in Europe has written to the prime minister asking for full disclosure over his decision not to shut schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

King George Hospital, Goodmayes, and Queen’s Hospital, Romford, have temporarily changed their visitors policy with immediate effect.

New advice for people showing symptoms of the coronavirus is to stay at home for seven days. But how exactly do you self-isolate?

A member of staff at Nando’s, Romford, has tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the restaurant to close last night for a deep clean.

The London Marathon has been put back from April 26 to October 4, organisers have announced.

This May’s mayoral and London Assembly elections have been postponed for up to a year.

The woman who died today at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, after being diagnosed with coronavirus was a 63-year-old resident of Barking and Dagenham, it has been revealed.


The Romford Film Festival kicks off from May 6. Over six days they’ll show 120 films and offer audiences the chance to meet with the filmmakers and producers.

2020 has been described as the “defining year of climate action.”

Your new home extension is bursting with potential, but you may benefit from a helping hand to know how to get the most out of it.

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