Hackney’s Mayor Philip Glanville has urged the government to fix its test and trace system, as cases soar in Hackney.

North Londoners will wake up on Saturday to tighter Covid-19 restrictions.

A chef who fed 800 people a day from his soup kitchen during the coronavirus lockdown has been awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen.

Over 2,000 Hackney businesses will be assessed by council officers to ensure they are adhering to the government’s Covid-19 regulations.

The Mayor of Hackney has said testing remains one of the borough’s “biggest challenges” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Two of Hackney’s main shopping spots could be closed to through-traffic, under further “radical” transport plans the council could rubber stamp later this month.

Top officials in Hackney have slammed the government’s coronavirus testing system as a shambles, after hundreds of people who needed tests at the weekend were turned away from the borough’s two testing centres.

Hackney’s health chief thinks errors in the government’s online booking system for tests - which has directed one resident to Inverness - could be to blame for a decrease in coronavirus rates, rather than a real drop in numbers.

A previously fit and healthy 32-year-old woman from Hackney Downs is one of 60,000 Long Covid patients in the UK, who is still living with the debilitating effects of coronavirus, five months after she came down with the illness.

Stamford Hill is facing a local lockdown if coronavirus cases continue to “rapidly rise” there.

London’s Transport Commissioner explains why it is safe to go back on buses, Tubes and trains, whether you are returning to work, school or just out and about

London MPs have joined a call for the ban on evictions which was introduced to protect tenants hit by the coronavirus crisis.

A survey has found that only half of us understand the new lockdown rules.

Hackney’s health chief believes a slip in social distancing may be the reason behind the borough seeing the highest rise in coronavirus cases in the whole of London – and thinks the government’s “confusing message” may be to blame.

With the help of performers from shows such as War Horse and His Dark Materials, a Hackney charity has put together a guide for healthcare workers to help them cope with wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods - and to improve communication with patients.

The new rules are in. We now have to wear face coverings in shops, takeaways and banks.

Hackney’s director of public health has ruled out a second wave, but has expressed concern that coronavirus figures continue to rise since lockdown measures eased - with new cases far outstripping all other London boroughs.

Steps to prevent bus drivers being exposed to coronavirus - including provision of PPE - should have been implemented sooner by TfL, according to a report commissioned in the wake of high numbers of them dying of the virus.

Hackney Council’s income has been “decimated” by the impact of Covid-19, according to the deputy mayor.

Plans for re-opening Hackney’s leisure centres and gyms following the coronavirus lockdown have been announced.

Coronavirus cases have shot up in Hackney with 51 confirmed cases in the past fortnight - the highest number of new cases in the whole of London.

Gazette reporter Emma Bartholomew gets tested for coronavirus antibodies at Pyser’s new testing centre in Old Street.

Two youths have been charged with assaulting emergency workers when police tried to break up an illegal block party in Manor House on Friday night.

The director of public health for City & Hackney has warned of “gaps in the data” in the government’s test-and-trace programme.

A charity which helps suicidal men has fast tracked its plans to open in Hackney, to help respond to the mental health effects of the coronavirus crisis in London.

Arts organisations in Hackney have been given over a million pounds from the Arts Council to stave off financial collapse over the summer.

Leona Lewis sourced pictures of hospital staff from the Whittington, where she was born, and Homerton, where she grew up, for her cover version of ‘Angels’, which she has released to raise money for the NHS in its battle against coronavirus.

Hackney Council has resumed face-to-face registration services - but has warned there is a “significant backlog” of 2,000 births and 500 marriage ceremonies - after coronavirus restrictions forced them to close for the past three months.

Emma Bartholomew’s article on the Holborn Studios decision has exposed major anomalies in Hackney Council’s planning process, writes Ian Shacklock, chairman, Friends of Regent’s Canal.

The Hackney Empire has raised over £27,000 since launching a crowdfunder yesterday to help it weather the coronavirus pandemic, which it has dubbed “the biggest challenge in its 120 year history”.

Cinema trustees have warned ‘difficult decisions’ lie ahead in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, as another campaign to ‘Save The Rio’ has been launched to oust them.

Hackney Council is set to reveal the winner of a major new artwork which will be be commissioned for the Town Hall Square on Monday, in the highlight of its annual Windrush festival.

An online concert to remember those who have lost their lives in the Covid-19 pandemic is being hosted by the Speaker of Hackney tomorrow night.

Parents are being urged to keep up to date with their children’s vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic since uptake went down by over a third since lockdown.

A judicial review in the high court is being sought over the failure of the director of public prosecutions (DPP) to investigate alleged breaches of lockdown rules by the prime minister’s adviser, Dominic Cummings.

As queues for fast fashion shop Primark extended down the Narrow Way, independent non-essential shops in Hackney also reported a good day of trading as they welcomed customers back through their doors after coronavirus lockdown today.

A Willesden Green man has launched a crowdfunder to pay for a judicial review into why Dominic Cummings has not been penalised for breaking lockdown laws.

Sir Ian McKellen, Mandeep Dhillon, Joseph Fiennes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Lennie James, Alex Lawther, Miriam Margoyles, Lesley Manville and Elaine Page are among the names backing #ForTheLoveOfArts.

I’ll do my “civic duty” when Dominic Cummings does his and resigns as Boris Johnson’s chief adviser for breaking the lockdown or when the hypocritical Tories do their “civic duty” and sack him.

London’s overnight tube service may not return before Spring 2021 with union bosses warning there must be “no return to austerity”.

Hackney Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and issues in the borough under lockdown will be the subjects of a live online Q&A.

The current ban on evictions ends on June 25. The government must extend the deadline and overhaul the system.

One person was tasered by police as arrests were made at an illegal party on Saturday night (May 30), including one for an assault on an emergency worker.

A charity has called for pet owners to look out for signs their cat may become pregnant, following a drop in the number of animals being neutered during lockdown.

Nando’s is set to reopen 94 of its restaurants for delivery and collection after closing sites in the face of the coronavirus lockdown.

We will bring you the latest updates from north London and the response of the authorities to the coronavirus crisis.

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.

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.

Work from home “wherever possible”, wear a face mask and “do not expect to return to the transport network you were used to before” – that’s the message from Transport for London (TfL) after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an easing of lockdown restrictions for workers in some industries on Sunday evening.

A Hackney company has created thousands of protective visors for NHS workers battling coronavirus on the frontline.


With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

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