So far, 13 patients with coronavirus are confirmed to have died in east London hospitals last week.

It is likely that more deaths from last week will be announced as they are processed in the coming days.

Six patients died at King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

Seven died in the five hospitals managed by Barts Health NHS Trust, which includes Whipps Cross in Leytonstone.

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A chart showing confirmed Covid deaths in the whole of London (PHE/NHSX)

The number of coronavirus cases is soaring in London, while the number of deaths is so far low compared to during the pandemic’s first wave.

During the first peak on April 8, 30 people died in one day at Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals.

It is thought infections are currently more prevalent among young people, particularly after outbreaks in schools, but there are fears they will spread to more vulnerable groups.

On October 6, Redbridge reported 67 new cases of the virus, well surpassing the highest total previously reported of 54 new cases on April 7.

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A chart of confirmed Covid cases in Redbridge (PHE/NHSX)

The borough now has two permanent Covid testing centres and is planning to open a third.

In Waltham Forest, the largest total of new cases during the second spike so far is 42 on October 2, while Havering saw its current highest total of 46 new cases on October 5.

A new Covid testing centre opened in Walthamstow on Friday (October 9).

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