In today’s episode, Anushka Asthana look beyond that figure to find out who dies from Covid-19 and which groups are disproportionately affected.
She hears the author James Morton who knew Leonard “Nipper” Read, the police officer responsible for the destruction of the Kray twins in the 1960s. He died of Covid-19 after contracting him in hospital at the age of 95.
She also hears Nazir Afzal about his brother Umar, died at home at the age of 71 and subsequently tested positive for the virus. Umar Afzal is among a disproportionate number of Black, Asian and minority ethnic dying from Covid-19, the subject of a new official government investigation.
Another is Mervyn “Mally” Kennedy, bus driver in London, died at 67. Her daughter Penny palmer pays him homage.
Finally, Sarah Bredin Kemp tells us about the incredible life of her best friend the 29 year old nurse Rebecca Mack.
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