It’s been a year of bearing witness to trauma. Call me a fool, but now I sense hope | Rachel Clarke

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On this anniversary of the first lockdown, the acclaimed doctor-writer details the grim scenes from health’s frontline and the heroic response

Death,” wrote Saul Bellow in his 1975 novel Humboldt’s Gift, “is the dark backing a mirror needs if we are to see anything.” But what if the image the glass reflects is too painful, too glaring to scrutinise? Today, for example – almost exactly one year since the first day of lockdown – there are more than 145,000 reasons why we might find ourselves bowing our heads and turning away.

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