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New coronavirus data shows London ethnic breakdown

New NHS data has revealed ethnic breakdowns among the patients in London hospitals who have died with coronavirus. Black people account for 13% of the city’s population but 16% of deaths. Epidemiologist Dr Shikta Das said there was a high rate of ethnic minority people among front line workers, who were exposed to greater risk. But Dr Das said it was difficult to draw conclusions as data needed to be more specific to areas of London. London has seen nearly 5,000 deaths linked to the virus. NHS data, obtained by…

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Church continuing to sell fake Covid-19 cure

A church in London has continued selling a fake Covid-19 cure, despite being under investigation by the charity watchdog. The Charity Commission launched a probe into the Kingdom Church, in south London, earlier this month for selling coronavirus “protection kits”. But instead of stopping the sale, the church renamed the kits and is now selling “divine cleansing oil”. The church said it was “convinced” the oil cured Covid-19. Bishop Climate Wiseman, of the Kingdom Church which is based in Camberwell, claimed his kits – a bottle of oil and some…

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Europe Global 

The businesses crowdfunding to survive

“Running a small business is touch and go at the best of times,” says Rachel Ho, director of an independent coffee shop in Tottenham, north London. And these, it seems fair to say, are far from the best of times. Ahead of warnings the UK’s economy could shrink by 35%, the Treasury set aside billions to keep businesses afloat during the coronavirus lockdown. But for many, access to that funding is proving too difficult or too slow – and fewer than 2% of the 300,000 inquiries to the government’s loan…

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Africa Europe Global 

The doctors from Africa saving British lives

In this FT series people in many different situations share their experiences of this extraordinary time. The Coronavirus Diaries are published every Tuesday and Thursday. You may have been surprised to learn that the first and second hospital doctors to die of coronavirus in the UK were both of Sudanese origin. I was not. I was born in Sudan — I came to London aged two — and I have lost count of the number of my relatives who are working as doctors in the UK, Europe, the US and…

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Europe Global 

Nurse dies after developing Covid-19 symptoms

A “much-loved” nurse has died after developing symptoms of coronavirus, a hospital trust said. Julie Omar had been working as a sister on Ward 14 at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said. The 52-year-old had been self-isolating at home but her condition deteriorated and she died at home on Friday, it added. The trust said books of remembrance would be made available at its sites. Mrs Omar, who was married to husband Laith and had a daughter, was a “dedicated and highly experienced trauma and…

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