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Why is Coronavirus Taking Such a Deadly Toll on Black Americans?

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by Oliver Laughland and Lauren Zanolli

For the first weeks of the pandemic in St Louis, Missouri, the only ones to die from the virus were black.

By 8 April the coronavirus had killed 12 people. Each and every one was African American.

In this midwestern city that six years ago became the focal point for a national debate on race and policing after an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown, was killed by police in the suburb of Ferguson, the racial disparity attached to the Covid-19 death toll held a particular resonance.

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