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UK: BAME people at greater risk of dying from Covid-19

According to official figures in England and Wales, most ethnic minorities are highly affected by Coronavirus than the white population.


In particular, black males and females are twice as likely to die from covid-19 than white people, said the Office of National Statistics. Alongside the discovery, that the impact of the virus is caused by pre-existing differences in communities' wealth, health, education and living arrangements.


The ONS, looked into deaths involving Covid-19 and found that Bangladeshi and Pakistani males are 1.8 times were likely to die from Covid-19 than white males. Including females from those ethnic groups, who were 1.6 times more likely to die from the virus than their white counterparts.


However, the risk of Covid-19 death for people from Chinese and mixed ethnic groups was found to be similar to those from white backgrounds.


"These results show that the difference between ethnic groups in Covid-19 mortality is partly a result of socio-economic disadvantage and other circumstances, but a remaining part of the difference has not yet been explained", ONS said.


Josiane Zauma Ebonja Ekoli, an agency nurse at Harrogate District Hospital who died after contracting Covid-19

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, has taking into account that people from ethnic minority backgrounds are "disproportionately" dying with coronavirus.


Due to these concerns, Public Health England are already undertaking a deeper review into BAME lives being more at risk of Coronavirus.

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