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Special programme: Covid-19 exposes glaring inequality in US

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Issued on: 16/04/2020 – 09:59Modified: 16/04/2020 – 09:59

This week we're bringing you a special edition of Inside the Americas from the United States to show how the country is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. We go to Baltimore to see why African Americans are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. We then head to the epicentre of the US outbreak, New York City. Finally, in Los Angeles, well show you what money can buy during a pandemic.

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The US now has the world's highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths. And early data show that one demographic group is being hit harder than others: African Americans. Louisianas numbers are the most staggering, with black people making up more than 70 percent of deaths despite representing just a third of the population. The explanation lies in decades of racial inequality leaving black Americans more exposed, more at risk and less informed to face the virus, as we found out in Baltimore. Fanny Allard, Matthieu Mabin and Kéthévane Gorjestani report.

Businesses across the country have been forced to shut down, resulting in millions of American workers being laid off. Nearly 17 million lost their job in March, and millions more are expected to follow. Despite help provided through the recent stimulus packages, many Americans are now turning to food banks and charity to survive. That's especially true in New York City, the epicentre of the US outbreak, where JRead More – Source