A neighbours’ group has said the popular Columbia Road Flower Market in Bethnal Green should remain closed unless “safe” social distancing can be maintained.

Battling pub landlady Pauline Forster hasn’t been resting her feet during the lockdown while getting ready to reopen Stepney’s historic George Tavern.

It’s uncanny the way curators at the Museum of London Docklands seemed to have predicted Covid 19 two years before the outbreak.

Tributes have been paid to a “fiercely loving” interpreter who worked to reunite children stranded in refugee camps with relatives in the UK, following her death with Covid-19.

A new café space offering support for people experiencing mental health crisis in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has opened.

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

The future of social care is bleak, says Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs, as new analysis reveals that local authorities face losing £3.5billion from their care budgets to compensate for a £10bn “coronavirus black hole”.

Routine hospital admissions are to return at the Royal London, which is now opening separate isolation wards for seriously-ill Covid-19 patients with 176 extra critical care beds.

The Red Cross has distributed 7,600 items including toiletries to emergency food banks in the East End donated by the Tesco supermarket chain after a call from the Mayor of London.

Office worker James Varley has taken a break from spreadsheets at home during lockdown to turn his hand to cooking as a volunteer at a mental heath project in Bow.

Lynda Ouazar fears the homeless dying from starvation on our streets more than worrying about catching coronavirus herself.

MP Rushanara Ali has offered a frank assessment of the recent report which confirmed that those from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are more likely to die from coronavirus.

More than 150,000 items of protective equipment has arrived for frontline staff and care workers in the East End being distributed by Tower Hamlets Council for essential services.

Millicent Kelly arrived in Britain in 1953 as part of the Windrush Generation and she and her two sisters helped build the NHS. She passed away in 2007 but here her son Tony writes to tell her about the NHS’s greatest medical challenge.

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.

The MP for Poplar and Limehouse has called for the two-child limit to be scrapped, as it emerges the reform will affect 34% of all children in the constituency by the end of this parliament.

Discount supermarket Iceland should be included in a government scheme providing free meals for schoolchidlren from poorer backgrounds.

A security guard at Canary Wharf who has switched back to her old job at the London Ambulance Service has jumped right in, helping a woman who was going into labour.

The composer Jonathan Pease, alongside charity Poplar Union, have launched an online musical project to get kids singing during lockdown.

Former engineering apprentice Elliot Dervish went back to his old college to design a gadget to keep his mum safe while she’s on duty in an NHS hospital during the coronavirus emergency.

Studies into depression in the Amazon and Latin American cities is being used to launch a research unit in east London at Queen Mary University.

A life-saving transplant procedure for Sam Schmidt to donate some of his blood stem cells to help save a patient’s life has gone well.

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The people of Stepney have lost a much loved community figurehead to coronavirus with the death of 83-year-old Shashikant Parekh who ran his Medichem pharmacy for 20 years.

Teachers are doing their bit for the NHS at Central Foundation Girls’ secondary school Bow during the lockdown while pupils are having to stay at home.

Sam Schmidt is undergoing a life-saving transplant procedure today to donate some of his stem cells after being successfully matched with a blood cancer patient.

An Ilford woman has started a translation initiative to convert the government’s Covid-19 guidelines into as many languages as possible to help people who do not speak English.

Volunteers from an Ilford mosque have delivered snacks to NHS frontline staff at the Royal London Hospital.

Stressed out Londoners can help promote calm by having certain plants in their home and garden.

Hay fever sufferers have been given advice on how to avoid confusing their allergy with signs of coronavirus.

More than two million pieces of PPE have been delivered across London by the fire service to meet the exceptional demand.

A victim of an IRA bombing which devastated Docklands in 1996 is using a donated ambulance to support the vulnerable.

Comedian Adil Ray, actress Meera Syal and TV presenter Anita Rani are among those taking part


The Government is encouraging people to stay alert as many take their first steps back to their workplace.

The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

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