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Civic leaders from across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire are concerned about a rise in community tension following the introduction of new lockdown measures, announced on the eve of Eid al-Adha last Thursday, which many say prompted a surge in online anti-Muslim sentiment.
My colleagues Helen Pidd, Josh Halliday, Amy Walker and Nazia Parveen report:
The prime minister Boris Johnson must meet with the grieving relatives of people who have died from Covid-19, according to the chair of parliamentary group that heard their complaints on Wednesday. Layla Moran, who leads the All-Party Parliamentary Group on coronavirus, has said:
It is unacceptable that bereaved families have been met with such a wall of indifference from No 10. The prime minister must agree to listen to families who have lost loved ones to coronavirus and take their concerns on board.
We also need greater support for bereaved families and those living with long-term symptoms of Covid. This cross-party inquiry will continue to hear from those impacted by this terrible disease, so we can put pressure on the government, learn lessons and save lives.
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