A government review must be launched to explain why people from black and minority ethnic groups appear to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19, according to Sky News.
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died because of COVID-19, 70% of them were black or from an ethnic minority. “Data-reactid =” 25 “> Sky News analysis found that of the 54 frontline health and social care workers in England and Wales who have deceased because of COVID-19, 70% of them were black or from an ethnic minority.
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Our analysis also found that four of the five health trusts in England that have recorded the most deaths so far cover areas with some of the highest combined populations in South Asia and Blacks.
Many of them are in London and the West Midlands, which together account for almost half of all deaths in England.
Although they represent only 13% of the population in England and Wales, 44% of all NHS doctors and 24% of nurses are from BAME.
Initial research from the National Critical Care Research and Audit Center (ICNARC) found that last week 34% of critically ill coronavirus patients in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were of origin black or minority.
According to the 2011 census, only 14% of the population comes from these environments.
The research was based on 3,300 patients in the intensive care unit.
One of the main workers who died after contracting a coronavirus was Nadir Nur, a 48-year-old London bus driver.
One of his nine children, Yusuf, told Sky News that he was a “hardworking and strong” man.
“It is incredibly heartbreaking to have my father taken away at such a young age because he will never be able to see his grandchildren or any of us getting married,” said Yusuf.
“We won’t be able to have other memories like going on vacation or gathering for Eid. There is a big hole left for these things. “
He added: “It is horrible to think that he is buried right now, none of this seems really real. I couldn’t even go to the funeral, or see her face one last time. “
Yusuf said his father had not received any PPE and the family believes he contracted the virus on his busy road that brought people to the hospital.
“I knew he was definitely worried about all of this and I knew that despite that, he would continue to do his job because it is his job. He was always hardworking and strong, and he would never run away and hide it all. “
Downing Street has confirmed that the review will start.
It will be chaired by the NHS and Public Health England as well as other organizations, including the British Medical Association.
Asked about Sky News data at the daily Downing Street press conference, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said, “We are absolutely nobody’s side. This virus does not discriminate, but we want to follow the analysis of the data that you have described. ”
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer of Health for England, added: “It is essential that we find out which groups are most at risk so that we can help protect them. Three things are clear and ethnicity is less clear. The three things that are clear are age, people with more than one other disease, and males are a clear risk factor.
“Being a member of a minority ethnic group is less clear. I have had discussions with scientists about this to try to unravel this today.
“Also, looking very specifically at health workers with NHS leaders. This is something we want to get extremely clear. We have asked PHE to examine this in detail and then what we really want, if we see any signal at all, then we want to know what to do to minimize the risks.
“It is not yet clear in terms of ethnic minorities. “
In response to the government’s decision to conduct a review, the chairman of the board of the British Medical Association, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said: “DEATH deaths do not only happen in hospitals, they are also common in community. It is extremely important that the government examine the data and understand why it is happening.
“In the meantime, they must put in place specific measures to deal with this disproportionate number of deaths, which is incredibly shocking and sad to see. “
coronavirus deaths among African American communities across the United States. “Data-reactid =” 53 “> On the other side of the Atlantic, the growing number of coronavirus deaths among African American communities across the United States.
New data has suggested that black or Hispanic people in the United States are twice as likely to die from COVID-19. “Data-reactid =” 54 “>New data suggested that black or Hispanic people in the United States are twice as likely to die from COVID-19.
There is concern that pre-existing health inequalities may make people from minority communities more likely to die.
Aggressive public health campaigns have been launched in cities like Chicago, where blacks are responsible for 72% of deaths from complications from COVID-19 and 52% of positive tests, when they account for only 30% of population.