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Negotiations to set up a walk-in Covid-19 testing centre in the Sobell Leisure Centre carpark have been ongoing for weeks - but Islington Council has “come up against red tape and delay”.

The Whittington Hospital in Archway has been designated as a “coronavirus-free” hospital, documents seen by the Guardian reveal.

Moorfields Eye Hospital is quadrupling the number of cataract operations this week in a drive to clear surgical waiting lists that have built up during the coronavirus lockdown.

Stand-up comics tried out their new jokes in front of a sold-out crowd of socially distanced 17 people in a Japanese tea shop garden in Angel on Sunday.

A Shoreditch addiction and rehab advice service has launched a £40,000 scholarship fund to boost therapist numbers, after the coronavirus lockdown prompted a record amount of enquiries.

Nursing staff at the Royal Free have rallied around a friend and colleague who was diagnosed with leukaemia but, because he was working as a bank nurse, is unable to get sick pay while he is treated.

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.

From today books, DVDs and CDs can be reserved online or by phone and then collected in person from some of Islington Council’s larger libraries.

Screwfix Kings Cross is closed for a deep clean because a staff member tested positive for coronavirus this week.

Pride-themed face coverings have gone on sale to raise funds for the Albert Kennedy Trust charity, which supports young LGBTQ+ people who are facing homelessness.

Jeremy Corbyn has urged Arsenal to “look at ways of protecting everyone’s jobs”, rather than push through 55 staff redundancies at the Premier League club, in the wake of the financial fallout from coronavirus.

Islington Council has agreed to pay all staff working in care homes full pay if they need to isolate because of a coronavirus infection, in what Unison has dubbed a “significant” victory.

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.

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

Extinction Rebellion campaigners from Islington tied a thousand origami cranes around the pillars of the Bank of England today, to symbolise hope as they called for a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Community sewing groups have banded together to produce more than 500 face masks for vulnerable residents in Islington during the lockdown, learning vital skills that have opened up employment and training opportunities for them.

Islington Council’s annual summer holiday programme for children and young people will still take place despite the coronavirus pandemic - but this year activities will be either socially distanced or held online.

Camden and Islington’s top cop has said that, at this stage, his officers won’t be policing the compulsory wearing of masks in shops.

Richard Watts has blamed apps like Waze for having to introduce car restricting measures to Islington.

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

A woman whose brother died of Covid-19 has accused Boris Johnson of showing bereaved families “huge disrespect” in the Houses of Parliament today, after he cracked a joke about Calvin Klein pants when he was asked what he would like to say to families who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.

Peabody has extended its consultation on plans for the Holloway Prison site until the end of the month, after housing campaigners complained many potential participants might not have been able to contribute because of coronavirus lockdown.

Since launching a Covid-19 crisis fund three months ago, Islington Giving has raised and handed out nearly £400,000 to vulnerable people through the coronavirus pandemic.

Youngsters from St Joan of Arc Primary School are contributing to a “digital time capsule” which will be archived in the British Library, for future generations to learn what life was like during lockdown, through the eyes of children who lived through it.

Moorfields has enabled 80 per cent of its A&E patients to access the treatment they need through an online consultation since the coronavirus outbreak, without having to travel to the Old Street eye hospital.

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.

Playgrounds in Islington will start to reopen today (July 9) in the borough following the Covid-19 lockdown.

Landlords and restaurant owners in Islington were pleased to welcome back punters and diners for the first time in more than three months on ‘Super Saturday’, when the government eased lockdown restrictions.

Islington Council is urging people to join a union to keep them safe at work, as the country emerges from coronavirus lockdown.

Young people in Islington are being invited to submit music they have made during lockdown to be featured in an an online event hosted by The Voice winner Jermain Jackman.

Two of Islington’s live music venues, The Lexington and the Union Chapel have raised thousands through crowd funding platforms to help them to survive the financial fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic.

A young man is helping to inspire other young people with autism through the unsettling coronavirus crisis by writing a weekly blog.

The leader of Islington Council has warned government ministers that local authorities will start going bankrupt unless they take swift action with financial aid.

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.

Arsenal in the Community is donating 250 laptops to Islington school children to combat the growing issue of digital poverty.

Jeremy Corbyn claims the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has been a “shambles” – and says Dominic Cummings exerts a “strange” level of power over Boris Johnson.

Islington’s first low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) will be in St Peter’s ward, the council announced on June 12.

Islington’s Covid-19 homeless taskforce says a “massive community effort” has kept some of the most vulnerable people in the borough safe during the coronavirus crisis.

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.

Islington Council is paying some interim workers more than £100 per hour – at a time when it’s more cash-strapped than ever due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Shoppers have been urged to support Islington businesses when a raft of ”non-essential” stores reopen their doors from Monday, June 15.

Despite the easing of lockdown, for many vulnerable and elderly people normality feels a long way off.

Islington’s Covid-19 homeless taskforce has called on the government to axe a “hostile environment” policy which “puts people onto the streets”.

Across Whittington Health NHS Trust we have been humbled by the support and generosity we have received. From making and delivering thousands of hot meals, donating chocolates, hand-creams and other treats, providing NHS staff with freebies and discounts, to the team of volunteer flight and cabin crew who have set up a ‘first class lounge’ in our hospital, your kindnesses have been overwhelming.

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

Emily Thornberry has urged the government to extend the eviction ban beyond June 25 to stop renters “plunging into homelessness”.

The leader of Islington Council only knows of two people from the borough who have gone through the government’s test and trace system – and claims it’s sending the local authority “c*** data”.

An Islington nurse has set up a bike-sharing initiative to help key workers and NHS staff travel safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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