A charity worker was found dead in her home with coronavirus a day after failing to join a live-streamed memorial service for a former colleague, her friends said today.

A support service has been set up to help families caring for children who have suffered abuse and trauma.

Emily Hodson was not expecting to be back in Bow so soon.

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.

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”.

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.

The borough’s political leaders have slammed the government’s roadmap for easing England out of lockdown restrictions.

Tower Hamlets’ leading figures have reacted to new analysis which reveals the impact of Covid-19 on the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) population.

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.

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 highly respected 100-year-old has taken to his garden in Bow to raise money for Covid-19 victims amid lockdown restrictions and while fasting for the religious festival of Ramadan.

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.

A team of budding film makers has produced a comedy series about life under lockdown to raise money for the NHS.

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.

MP Rushanara Ali warns that the UK is “not ready” for the “terrible economic storm” that is coming as a result of coronavirus.

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.

Thousands of transport workers in London are to be furloughed under moves to address the huge financial impact of the lockdown.


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.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

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