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Our death certificates don’t record ethnicity. During Covid, this gap became deadly

“If we had known from the outset that BAME people were more at risk from Covid-19, perhaps the public health messaging might have been different.”

By Jason Murugesu  

Doctors and nurses clap their hands outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the weekly 'Clap for our Carers' applause for the NHS and key workers on the front line of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as the UK's nationwide lockdown continues for the ninth week on 21 May, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto)

“I think we lost several weeks,” Dr Manish Pareek, a clinician at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, tells me. “If we had known from the outset that BAME people were more at risk from Covid-19,…

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