David Lammy: Coronavirus effect on ethnic minorities ‘appalling’

Mr Lammy said the cause should be investigated urgently

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Labour’s David Lammy has said that new data showing black men and women are four times more likely than white people to die from a coronavirus-related death is “appalling”.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released figures today which suggested that black males in England and Wales are 4.2 times more likely, and black women are 4.3 times more likely to die after contracting Covid-19 compared to their white counterparts.

The shadow justice secretary tweeted: “It is urgent the causes of this disproportionality are investigated. Action must be taken to protect black men and women - as well as people from all backgrounds - from the virus.”

The data is based on death registrations up to April 17 combined with 2011 Census records and has been adjusted for age.

According to the ONS analysis, men and women from all ethnic minority groups - except females with Chinese ethnicity - are at greater risk of dying from Covid-19 compared with those of white ethnicity.

It said Bangladeshi/Pakistani males were 3.6 times more likely and Bangladeshi/Pakistani females 3.4 times more likely.

The risk was 2.4 times higher for Indian men and 2.7 times higher for Indian women.

For the Chinese ethnic group, the ONS found a raised risk among males but not females. Males are 1.9 times more likely to die from Covid-19, while the figure for females is 1.2.

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