'A nightmare all over again': after surviving Katrina, New Orleans battles Covid-19 squib

Fifteen years after Katrina, the historic city in Louisiana has become one of the worst-affected areas in the US with the coronavirus

Ronald Lewis’s home was among the first to be rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina swept away much of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth ward. In the 15 years after, as this city’s poorest neighbourhood struggled to recover, Lewis became its most impassioned advocate and cultural champion – founder of the House of Dance & Feathers, a community museum dedicated to African American city street culture.

But last week Lewis, the 68-year-old neighbourhood hero, became one of the first to die in New Orleans after contracting the novel coronavirus, which has swept through this city and throughout the state of Louisiana at a rate in keeping with the worst in the world.

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