Health Department tweet ‘terribly woke’, says Julia Hartley-Brewer

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer has suggested Matt Hancock address his social media team after the Health Department tweeted about coronavirus and gender.

The post read: “There is emerging evidence to suggest that #coronavirus may be having a disproportionate impact on some ethnic groups, as well as certain genders.”

Speaking to the Health Secretary, Julia claimed: “It’s a little bit of a concern that the Department of Health might not know that there are only two genders.”

Mr Hancock confirmed that men are more likely to die from Covid-19 and said there will be “discussions” following the tweet.

Julia then suggested: “I think perhaps you might need to have a word with your terribly woke social media team.”

“Leave that to me,” Mr Hancock concluded.

Public Health England has launched a review to analyse how factors such as ethnicity, deprivation, age, gender and obesity could affect people’s vulnerability to coronavirus.

The Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) has found that in a sample of 7,542 critically-ill patients confirmed as having Covid-19, more than 70 per cent were men.

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