A fresh report has revealed that black people in the UK are four times more likely to die from coronavirus than white people and a number of other ethnic groups are also at an increased risk.
The report released on Thursday by the Office for National Statistics found black women are 4.3 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white women, while black men are 4.2 more likely to die.
The Office of National Statistics found that the difference in the virus’s impact was caused not only by pre-existing differences in communities’ wealth, health, education and living arrangements.
It discovered that after taking into account age, measures of self-reported health and disability and other socio-demographic characteristics, black people were still almost twice as likely as white people to die a Covid-19-related death.
People of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, and mixed ethnicities also had a “statistically significant raised risk of death,” the report found.
While among people with Indian ethnicity, women were 2.7 times more likely to die and men 2.4. For the Chinese ethnic group, the heightened risk for men was 1.9 and 1.2 for women.
The data covers COVID-19 deaths from 2 March to 10 April.
“These results show that the difference between ethnic groups in 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.
According to CNN, the figures are supported by previous studies, which have also found black people in the UK are dying at a far higher rate than their white peers.