Black Americans Die from Covid-19 at Three Times the Rate of Whites | News from the world


The racial plague at the center of the US coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen, with the latest data showing that African-Americans have died from the disease at almost three times the rate of white people.

New figures compiled by non-partisan research laboratory APM and released Wednesday under the title Color of Coronavirus provide further evidence of the staggering divide in the Covid-19 mortality rate between black Americans and the rest of the nation.

Across the country, African-Americans died at a rate of 50.3 per 100,000 people, compared to 20.7 for whites, 22.9 for Latinos and 22.7 for Asian Americans.

More than 20,000 African-Americans – about one in 2,000 of the total black population in the United States – have died from the disease.

At the state level, the statistics are all the more shocking. The bottom of the rankings in terms of racial disparities is Kansas, where black residents die at seven times the rate of whites.

“This is a call to action for our county commissioners, our state and our municipal officials,” Kansas state representative Gail Finney recently told local TV station KWCH12.

In other states, the gulf is almost as extreme. In the national capital, Washington, the disparity in mortality between blacks and whites is six times, in Michigan and Missouri five, and in the main hotspots of the disease – New York, Illinois and Louisiana – three.


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