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Relatives and loved ones await the arrival of the coffins of 104 year-old mother Alexteen Alvira Roberts, and her son, Brandis Metcalf Roberts, who passed away with COVID-19 in a nursing home after catching it in a hospital in London, at Tottenham cemetery in London, June 5, 2020. The mother and son passed away within days of each other, though they were living separately. Statistics reveal that people of colour are disproportionately impacted, with black people in England and Wales twice as likely to die from the coronavirus as white people, according to the UK Office for National Statistics. @natgeo @insidenatgeo

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In April, when it became clear the United Kingdom might be destined for the same nightmare trajectory as northern Italy and New York, I was in rural England, where rolling hills dotted with puffy sheep and sleeping cows gave way to quaint little villages. The only hint of something amiss was the shuttered shops. I was desperately trying to access hospitals to photograph the pandemic. Nightly newscasters catalogued the mounting numbers of infected and dead, but there were very few visuals to illustrate the toll. The pandemic felt sanitized. I believed powerful images of how coronavirus ravaged its victims would force the public to take the lockdown seriously and hold leaders of various nations accountable for their response. But my requests to hospitals across England went unanswered or politely declined. So I began covering the pandemic backwards: from the dead to the living, for @natgeo with the support of @insidenatgeo.

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Dr. Harpreet Mangat looks over a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Free Hospital, June 2020. Even though the UK's death rate is falling, doctors continue to treat patients for COVID-19 across the country with many fearing a 'second wave' as lockdown rules continue to relax. Story on @natgeo Supported by @InsideNatGeo #covid19 #coronavirus

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Laura Bowden, 41, ECMO Specialist Nurse, checks the ECMO machine as she and a team of ICU nurses and doctors prepare to turn and lift COVID-19 patient, William, 50, where he will sit upright in a chair for several hours five times per week as part of his regime to rebuild strength after months in intensive care, June 15, 2020. William has been in ICU and on ECMO machine for roughly three months-one of the longest running patients in the ICU during the pandemic. ECMO machine - Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation - pumps and oxygenates a patient's blood outside the body—which essentially does the job of the lungs externally in order to give the body a chance to rest and recover. Royal Papworth is one of only five hospitals in England to provide ECMO machines for respiratory failure. My latest work for @natgeo online today.

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Hundreds of friends, family, and medical staff line the perimeter of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London to pay respects and bid farewell to long-time healthcare assistant, Esther Akinsanya, 55, as her coffin passes by en route to Akinsanya’s final resting place, June 22, 2020. Akinsanya passed away on April 15 after contracting Covid-19 while working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was for over 20 years. The funeral procession, led by a horse and carriage by Albins Funeral Home, passed by the hospital en route to her final resting place at the Woolwich Cemetery, June 22, 2020. Over 100 NHS workers have now died from COVID-19 in the UK. As the United Kingdom nears 50,000 deaths from COVID-19, people of all different faiths and background are finding ways to pay tribute to loved ones while maintaining social distancing, and adhering to the limits of mourners being imposed at cemeteries and crematoriums across the country. Featured work created with the National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund. @insidenatgeo

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Preparing to enter and photograph in the isolation unit of the Emergency Department of Blackpool Victoria Hospital, on assignment for @natgeo. For the past few weeks I’ve been documenting Intensive Care Units and Covid-19 wards across the UK. Even though the UK's death rate is falling, doctors continue to treat patients for COVID-19 across the country. As cases rise in the United States in states that have relaxed lockdown restrictions, many wonder whether there will be a 'second wave' in the UK as lockdown rules continue to relax across England. @natgeo @natgeointhefield

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#WorldRefugeeDay. According to the @unitednations, in 2019 alone, 11 million people were newly displaced. Two thirds of those displaced come from 5 countries; Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan among them - all countries to which I’ve travelled for work. Today I’m thinking of all those forced from their homes, and hoping they find safety and happiness.

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#WorldRefugeeDay. According to the @unitednations, in 2019 alone, 11 million people were newly displaced. Two thirds of those displaced come from 5 countries; Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan among them - all countries to which I’ve travelled for work. Today I’m thinking of all those forced from their homes, and hoping they find safety and happiness.

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Cousins Natasha and Samantha McIntosh, center, stand among other relatives and loved ones for the double funeral of a 104 year-old mother Alexteen Alvira Roberts, born in Jamaica and arriving in the UK on the SS Windrush in 1955, and her son, Brandis Metcalf Roberts, who passed away with COVID-19 in a nursing home after catching it in a hospital in London, June 5, 2020. The United Kingdom has one of the highest death tolls in the world from COVID-19, and statistics reveal that people of colour are disproportionately impacted, with black people four times more likely to die from the disease according to the UK's Office for National Statistics. Funeral directors have been working hard during the pandemic to accommodate funerals for people of different faiths and backgrounds, and to maintain tradition and adhere to religious instructions, despite rules limiting the number of mourners and the need to respect social distancing. Featured work created with the National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund. @insidenatgeo @natgeo

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COVID-19 Patient, Foysal Ahmad, 51, rests before attempting to walk with the help of medical staff and physiotherapists at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England, June 15, 2020. Ahmed was among some of the most severe COVID-19 patients in the country, though after 55 days in the ICU, is making great strides with his recovery. He is on an ECMO machine, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which pumps and oxygenates a patient's blood outside the body—which essentially does the job of the lungs externally in order to give the body a chance to rest and recover. Royal Papworth is one of only five hospitals in England to provide ECMO machines for respiratory failure, and its critical care unit, pictured here, was among one of the hospitals in a England which took part in the trial for the steroid drug called dexamethasone, would has been shown to reduce mortality in severely ill COVID-19 patients. The official government death toll of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom is one of the highest in the world, with over 41,000 deaths. Featured work shot on assignment for @natgeo.

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Eamon Nixon 78, suspected COVID-19 patient, is being treated by physiotherapist Tom Swindell in a ward for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients in the University Hospital, Coventry, May 25, 2020. Even though the UK's death rate is falling, doctors continue to treat patients for COVID-19 across the country with many fearing a 'second wave' as lockdown rules continue to relax. The official government death toll of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom is one of the highest in the world, with over 41,000 deaths. Featured work shot on assignment for @natgeo.

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COVID-19 Patient, Foysal Ahmad, 51, speaks with his wife, Nipa Begum, from the Intensive Care unit of the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England, June 15, 2020. Foysal was among some of the most severe COVID-19 patients in the country, though after 55 days in the ICU, is making great strides with his recovery. Ahmed is on an ECMO machine, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation , which essentially does the job of the lungs externally in order to give the body a chance to rest and recover. The Royal Papworth is one of only five centers in England to provide ECMO machines for respiratory failure. Even though the UK's death rate is falling, doctors continue to treat patients for COVID-19 across the country with many fearing a 'second wave' as lockdown rules continue to relax. The official government death toll of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom is one of the highest in the world, with over 41,000 deaths. Featured work shot on assignment for @natgeo.

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