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In the latest sign of Covid-19-related racism, Muslims are being blamed for England’s coronavirus outbreaks

The Muslim Times

London (CNN)Coronavirus conspiracy theorists have spread baseless rumors online — frequently targeting minorities — since the beginning of the pandemic. In England the latest wave of vitriol criticizes Muslims, blaming them for spreading Covid-19.

Muslims were caught off guard last week, when the UK government suddenly announced local lockdowns in a slew of areas in northern England where cases have spiked. The announcement came just hours before Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in Islam.
The affected areas included Greater Manchester, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford and Leicester — all places with a significant Islamic population according to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).
The restrictions — published late last Thursday evening — banned people in the named areas from mixing with other households.
Local politicians and Muslim leaders criticized the timing of the announcement.
A volunteer uses hand sanitizer as he enters Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque in London on July 31.

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