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The former Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell has warned the Government that lifting coronavirus restrictions too soon could be “self-defeating” and lead to a second wave of infections.

New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that the number of universal credit claimants across east London surged as a coronavirus lockdown became inevitable.

Starting this week, the Government has opened up coronavirus testing to all adults and children over five in the UK who have coronavirus symptoms with Redbridge residents urged to get tested.

Over the past eight weeks people have been encouraged to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A care home boss and her husband died with coronavirus in King George Hospital just 10 days apart.

Seven weeks after the small business grant was set up some Redbridge businesses fear they will go under while waiting for their relief with no guidance as to when or if they will receive it.

A group of MPs — including representatives from Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge — have called upon the government to protect transport workers, following the revelation that so far 28 London bus drivers have died from Covid-19.

A man has said he felt helpless as his dad, whose entire family lives in four houses in the same Ilford street, died after contracting Covid-19.

In our weekly column from Saint Francis Hospice, clinical nurse specialist Nicola Stananought

A further four care home deaths linked to the coronavirus have occurred in Redbridge, new figures reveal.

The Mayfair social club in Chadwell Heath has teamed up with Seven Kings Lions Club to provide more than 7,500 meals and 45,000 bottles of orange juice to frontline organisations across east London and Essex.

Schools and non-essential shops will remain shut in England until at least June because the coronavirus transmission rate is still too high to significantly ease the lockdown, the prime minister said this evening.

Boris Johnson has said there will be no immediate end to the lockdown.

The official government advice to the public on coronavirus has changed to “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”, dropping the previous stricter message that people should stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.

Thanks to the massive collective effort to shield the NHS, we have avoided an uncontrollable and catastrophic epidemic where the reasonable worst-case scenario was 500,000 deaths.

A number of businesses in Redbridge are still waiting to receive cash from the small business grant they applied for more than a month ago.

A further five care home deaths linked to the coronavirus have occurred in Redbridge, new figures reveal.

As the UK’s coronavirus cases begin to stabilise, calls for an end to the nation’s strict lockdown rules continue to grow.

Coronavirus has created a new normal, with lockdown affecting most aspects of daily life, including religious celebration.

In our weekly column from Saint Francis Hospice, OrangeLine assistant Anita Millar explains the valuable role her team of volunteers are playing in reaching out to support people who are lonely and isolated.

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.

Animal lovers have donated iPads to allow coronavirus patients to keep in touch with relatives.

A pharmacy owner from Ilford, who ran and worked in a shop in Stepney, has died of coronavirus aged 83.

Almost 2,000 Redbridge businesses have not received cash as part of a scheme to help them stay afloat, with no information as to when they will.

A further seven care home deaths linked to coronavirus have occurred in Redbridge, new figures reveal.

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