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By  Jonathan D. Salant
Apr. 27, 2022

Shafqat Khan was one of the early victims of COVID-19.

The Jersey City resident died in April 2020, isolated from family and friends. His relatives got to watch his funeral via Livestream.

Following his death, his daughter Sabila, also of Jersey City co-founded a Facebook group of families who lost loved ones to the pandemic.

“We can’t allow this to happen again,” Khan said, holding a framed picture of her father.

As the U.S. death toll nears to 1 million victims, Khan and representatives of other COVID advocacy groups gathered outside the U.S. Capitol with U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Patty Murray, D-Wash., to push for legislation designed to prevent a repeat of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was part of the National Week of COVID Remembrance & Action, organized by several groups of individuals who lost their loved ones to the virus.

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