The coronavirus outbreak is causing misery for thousands of people already engulfed in the Grenfell cladding scandal, with residents revealing fresh fears of financial hardship on top of major concerns about their health and safety.

People living in tower blocks covered in dangerous cladding had hoped a nightmare was over after the government last month announced an extra £1bn to remove all unsafe coverings – rather than just the aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding that was blamed for the rapid spread of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which ripped through the building and claimed 72 lives.

Estimates suggest 500,000 people have been living with unsafe cladding as building owners refused to take action.

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