The number of confirmed deaths from coronavirus in east London hospitals has now risen to more than 500 since the start of the pandemic.

However, only four new deaths were confirmed today, significantly lower than the daily totals from the end of last week.

So far there has been 200 deaths at King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen's Hospital in Romford.

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At Barts Health NHS Trust, which manages four inner east London hospitals and Whipps Cross in Leytonstone, there have been 309 deaths in total.

It is thought that the figures provided by NHS trusts do not reflect the true number of those who have died.

The National Care Forum (NCF) estimates that more than 4,000 elderly and disabled people have died in residential and nursing homes.

Only 217 such care home deaths have been officially recorded in England and Wales up to 3 April.

This figure is less than half the amount thought to have occurred at two of the largest care home providers alone - HC-One and The Methodist Homes Association.

The two companies are reportedly aware of more than 400 deaths from the virus in their homes across the country.

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