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It is sad indeed to hear of the death of Tom Moore (Report, 2 February). His fundraising on behalf of the NHS has been incredible. Let us not forget, however, that the NHS is not a charity. It should not need to rely on fundraising by the public, and the fact that it does is entirely due to consistent underfunding by successive Tory governments.
Tim Barker
Eastington, Gloucestershire

• Please stop referring to a “South African variant” of Covid-19 (Report, 1 February), or indeed, attributing national identities to any variants of the virus. Putting organisms into national categories – whether they are viruses or human beings – allows people to dismiss them as “other”, with the sort of consequences we have seen all too much of recently.
Jim Grozier
Brighton, East Sussex

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