In a measure of the shame of the Tory government’s reckless mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, the UK saw 627 of its people die from the virus in the 24 hours to Tuesday lunchtime – in the official figures. The real toll is estimated to be twice that number or higher.
On the same day, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and Canada lost 625 people.
The UK had weeks more to prepare than most of these nations. In spite of this scandal, the political class in this country is uniting to push for the lifting of the lock-down.
The virus disproportionately kills poor people and people from ethnic minorities – and is killing them by the tens of thousands. Those who most need advocates to fight for them have essentially been abandoned – consigned to a form of social and ethnic cleansing with few speaking up on their behalf.
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