In UK black people are at high risk and almost twice as likely to die from coronavirus when compared to white people as reviewed by the new analysis.
Stark official figures expose a dramatic divergence in the impact of coronavirus pandemic in UK.
As discovered by the Office of National Statistics the difference in the virus` impact was not only caused by pre-existing differences in communities` wealth, health, education and living arrangements.
“These results show that the difference between ethnic groups in the 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,” the ONS said.
In April officials said, 72% of people who died in Chicago were black, despite African Americans only making up 30% of the city’s population. In Louisiana, African Americans make up 32% of the population, but account for around 70% of deaths.
As the report was unable to clearly state every factor behind the trend, its conclusions make clear the pandemic frequently referred to as a “great equalizer” is anything but that.
When accounting for age only, black men and women were more than four times more likely to die from Covid-19 compared with white men and women.
The coronavirus pandemic is worsening health inequalities across the UK as revealed by the ONS` study. The ONS suggested some ethnic groups could be at risk due to other factors such as their jobs. It seems the UK officials need to tackle the underlying social and economic risk factors and barriers to healthcare that lead to these unjust deaths.