A Public Health England review has found that people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups in the UK are more likely to die from coronavirus https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/889195/disparities_review.pdf

Cllr Rebecca Langton, portfolio holder for Communities, said:

 “We are pleased that following public pressure, Public Health England have published this long awaited report today. Whilst the findings are not unexpected, they are still simply shocking to read.

“Age remains the largest factor affecting death rates, but there is between 10% and 50% higher risk of death for black and other minority groups.

“Risk of dying among those diagnosed with COVID-19 is also higher for those living in more deprived areas and for people with certain occupations including caring roles, security guards, drivers and lower skilled roles.

“As a diverse city, with many people living in poverty, this report is incredibly important. We urge the Government to move quickly to share their official guidance on what more can be done to protect our communities.  And as a local authority, we will discuss this report with community partners and use it to inform further decisions and actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.”