Monday, 06 July, 2020

Official UK Report on Impact of Coronavirus on Ethnic Minorities Published

Black and Asian people in England more likely to die from COVID-19, public health report says BAME coronavirus patients up to twice as likely to die from coronavirus, according to Public Health England report
Deanna Wagner | 03 June, 2020, 00:37

Men were also more likely to die than women, with death rates also higher in deprived areas.

PHE's review into the disparities in the risk and outcomes from Covid-19, published today, said: 'Our analyses show that there have been 2.3 times the number of deaths in care homes than expected between 20 March and 7 May when compared to previous years, which equates to around 20,457 excess deaths. "The government must take urgent action to protect at-risk groups", he tweeted.

The report said "an analysis of over 10,000 patients with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care in United Kingdom hospitals suggests that, once age, sex, obesity and comorbidities are taken into account, there is no difference in the likelihood of being admitted to intensive care or of dying between ethnic groups".

It did, however, assess age, gender, geography, deprivation, ethnicity and pre-existing health conditions.

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It adds: For older age groups, the probability of death was also higher among people of Chinese, Indian and Other Asian ethnic groups. People from ethnic minority communities are at increased risk of acquiring the infection as they are more likely to live in overcrowded households and have jobs that expose them to higher risk.

Up to May 26, 2020, 707 people of Indian-origin have died of Covid-19 in NHS hospitals, making up 3% of the total 26,050 Covid-19 deaths that have taken place in hospitals. Other diseases that frequently appeared alongside Covid-19 on death certificates were hypertensive diseases, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dementia.

PHE has said that the results of its descriptive review improves the understanding of the pandemic and will help in formulating the future public health response to it. MP Marsha de Cordova, Labour's shadow women and equalities secretary, hit out at the report for failing to make any recommendations on how to reduce the disparities.

The Health Secretary announced that the government would be conducting a further review into why BAME people are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus, to be headed up by Liz Truss and working with PHE.