There are now two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Waltham Forest.

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed last week.

In Redbridge, the number of confirmed cases has yet to rise from one.

Across London there have been 407 confirmed cases.

There are a total of 1,391 confirmed cases in the UK resulting in a total of 35 deaths.

As the number of cases rise nation-wide, today the Government and BBC agreed to delay the end of the free TV licence for over-75s until August 1.

A joint statement said: "The BBC and the Government have been discussing the national coronavirus situation. Changes to the TV licence for people aged over 75 had been due to come into effect on June 1. But during this time we do not want anyone to be worried about any potential change.

"The BBC's priority over the coming period will be to do everything we can to serve the nation at this uniquely challenging time. As the national broadcaster, the BBC has a vital role to play in supplying information to the public in the weeks and months ahead.

"Recognising the exceptional circumstances, the BBC Board has therefore decided to change the start date of the new policy. Our current plan is to now bring it into place on August 1. We will of course keep the issue under review as the situation continues to evolve."

Chairman of the BBC, Sir David Clementi, said: "We are in exceptional circumstances. Now is not the right time. We are fully focussed on delivering our services to the public at this difficult time."

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden added: "It will be welcome news to millions of older people who now don't need to worry about their TV licence during this challenging period.

"It is right that the BBC have recognised the exceptional circumstances posed by the coronavirus outbreak and the need for the whole country to pull together in the national effort."

The government has also announced it will hold daily televised press conferences to keep the public informed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock, chief medical officer Chris Witty and the chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance, will hold the daily briefings to detail the latest updates on the pandemic.

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