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

Leisure centres across Havering have donated food from their cafés towards a charity that supports foodbanks.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell has written to the Chancellor asking for more support for small limited companies in the town.

The council has drawn up a £4.5m package to help residents during the coronavirus crisis.

A temporary mortuary has been constructed in the main car park of the South Essex Crematorium at Corbets Tey, Upminster.

The Mayor of Havering has criticised a housing association after it rejected his call for a rent break for residents at a Rainham housing estate.

Hand sanitisers with no safety labelling were seized from a Romford pharmacy.

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 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.

A Cranham mum-of-two revealed she is “desperate” to come back to the UK as she and her husband have been left stuck in New Zealand.

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

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.

A Cranham woman said she is “losing hope” that she and her boyfriend will be able to fly home from Bali after becoming stranded due to coronavirus resrictions.

Havering Council has launched a new free-to-call helpline for residents with urgent needs because of coronavirus.

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.

The chief executive of Saint Francis Hospice has made a rallying call for community support as the charity faces an expected decline in income.

Two weeks later, mass panic buying continues as the possibility of lockdown becomes ever more likely.

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


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