Ethnic minorities in the UK Disproportionately affected, suffer more deaths from COVID: study

Health

A UK-based think tank said some of Britain’s ethnic minorities were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and recorded more deaths than others. Researchers found, in a study released by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS), that the pandemic’s effect is not consistent across ethnic groups.

The per capita deaths due to COVID-19 are, according to the study, the highest among the black Caribbean population and three times that of the white British majority. While the deaths in Bangladesh are lower, some other minority groups including Pakistanis and black Africans have seen comparable numbers of hospital deaths per capita to the general population.

The study illustrated that, after adjusting for their age, gender and regional profiles, mortality differences compared to the white British population are higher among most minority groups. Hospital casualties in Bangladesh are double those of the White British population, Pakistani deaths are 2.9 times as high and black African deaths 3.7 times as high after age and geography have been excluded.