Tragic heights for Covid death toll, but signs of hope. Plus Evgeny Lebedev: help us beat London’s food crisis

Deaths from coronavirus in England, Scotland and Wales have risen to tragic new heights. The Office for National Statistics says they've increased by 633, bringing an end to the downward trend that had been seen recently. The Prime Minister and Chancellor joined the nation in holding a minute's silence for key workers killed in a pandemic that shows little sign of going away. But the Evening Standard's Health Editor, Ross Lydall, says in amongst all the statistics there are signs of hope.

In its most ambitious campaign ever, the Evening Standard has set a target of raising £10 million to keep London fed through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. We've teamed up with the Felix Project, which is distributing 100,000 meals a day to the poor and elderly who cannot afford food or are stuck at home, as well as NHS staff. Our Food for London Now appeal has already raised £3 million in just over a month but our proprietor, Evgeney Lebedev, tells us the situation will get worse once the lockdown is lifted so more help is needed. You can donate at


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