Former Arsenal and England player Sol Campbell posted a strange conspiracy theory on Twitter, wondering if coronavirus is a human-made disease designed to target certain people.
The director of Southend went to Twitter and asked, “Was this virus a natural error or a designed error …? I wonder if this virus deliberately attacks a certain blood group …? ‘
Twitter intervened at the start of the crisis to ensure that users searching for information on the coronavirus were shown reliable sources such as the World Health Organization rather than stumbling upon conspiracy theories or “fake news” “
By Saturday morning, Mr. Campbell’s tweet had stayed.
The director of Southend (photo) went to Twitter and asked, “Was this virus a natural error or a designed error …?” I wonder if this virus deliberately attacks a certain blood group …? ‘
Campbell’s tweet refers to ONS figures that suggest black people are four times more likely to die than white people.
The tweet drew a wave of comments, many criticizing his questions.
His comments come as a new analysis from University College London shows that people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities (BAME) are two to three times more likely to die from coronavirus.
The researchers found that the risk of death from Covid-19 for black African groups was more than three times higher than the general population.
Among people of Pakistani origin, it was also more than times higher, 2.41 times higher for Bangladesh, the Black Caribbean was 2.21 times higher and the Indian 1.7 times higher.
His tweet (pictured above) comes as new analysis from University College London shows that people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities (BAME) are two to three times more likely to die from coronavirus
BMA reiterates calls for “urgent investigation” into deaths of doctors in the BAME community
Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, Chairman of the BMA Board, said: “These are striking and disturbing statistics, with an overwhelming proportion of deceased physicians from BAME backgrounds.
“This is why the BMA has called for an urgent investigation, because the government has a duty of care towards the large number of BAME doctors who serve the nation as we fight this virus.
“It is essential that this review records data on health workers who are admitted to hospital, their professional status, whether they have worked in infectious areas and also whether they have had access to protective equipment individual suitable.
“While this investigation is taking place, it is crucial that we put in place now all measures to protect BAME doctors who are at high risk of serious illness or death.
“This should include occupational risk assessments, including if they have other medical conditions, and the redeployment of the most at risk physicians away from Covid-19 areas.
“Such doctors can still play a vital role in the NHS in less infectious or unexposed areas, including working remotely with telephone and video consultations. “
Analysis of NHS data by University College London (UCL) also found that the risk of death from Covid-19 in white populations in England was 12% lower than that in the general population.
“Is this virus only racist in the UK?” In Italy, the older generation was dying. Has anyone made up accusations about this ?? Of course not, ‘@clarkyengland replied to Mr. Campbell’s tweet.
“The data shows that it affects people in poor health or vulnerable. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood pressure, asthma – all of the conditions prevalent in black communities, you are at risk. Another reason to stay fit and eat well, ”commented @ShaunReidESQ.
Mr. Campbell’s recent tweets have focused on the numbers showing that the BAME people are hit harder by the virus.
Commenting on the back of the UCL report, co-author Dr Delan Devakumar of the UCL Institute for Global Health said: “Rather than being an equalizer, this work shows that mortality with Covid-19 is disproportionately higher in black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.
“It is essential to tackle the underlying social and economic risk factors and barriers to health care that lead to these unjust deaths. “
Only one white doctor died from Covid-19 while 22 black, Asian and ethnic minority doctors lost their lives.
Growing data from NHS intensive care units show that BAME populations are more at risk of complications than white Britons, prompting the government to launch an investigation last month.
Mr. Campbell’s recent tweets have focused on the numbers showing that the virus is hitting BAME people harder
A recent report from the Institute for Tax Studies (IFS) think tank said earlier this month that black and Asian Britons are two and a half times more likely to die from a coronavirus than whites.
The report compares the number of hospital deaths in the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis compared to ethnicity.
Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, raised concerns about the disproportionate number of BAME deaths from Covid-19.
She said that of the 17 doctors who died at Covid 19, 16 were from BAME.
MailOnline looked at the latest figures and found that they were actually higher and that 22 doctors from the BAME community are said to have died.
A spokesperson for the British Medical Association confirmed that at least 22 deceased doctors belonged to this group.
Campbell’s Southend is 20th and 16 points behind AFC Wimbledon and will only have nine games to run when football season resumes
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chairman of the BMA Council, reiterated his calls for an urgent investigation into the reasons why such a large proportion of doctors died from the origins of BAME.
He added, “This is why the BMA has called for an urgent investigation because the government has a duty of care to the large number of BAME doctors who serve the nation as we fight this virus. “
England is the most affected nation in Europe in terms of coronavirus death.
The Restart project aims to kick off the Premier League football season after it stopped in mid-March after the government banned large rallies.
Campbell’s Southend is 20th and 16 points behind AFC Wimbledon and has only nine games to go.
“I don’t think you can consider bringing football here until it’s safe, but we have to be ready for all the results.
“I am not sure what will happen or what the authorities will decide to do, but we have to be flexible in our thinking, so we are ready to start again whenever this happens,” said Campbell. at the Mirror.