The inquiry into disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19 commissioned by the Department of Health identifies major inequalities.  This is a summary of main points:

  • Mortality risk from Covid-19 is higher among black, Asian and minority ethnic
  • Those with Bangladeshi ethnicity at most risk with around twice the risk of death than people of white British ethnicity.
  • People of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other black ethnicity between 10% and 50% higher risk of death when compared to white British.
  • Mortality rates in most deprived areas twice those in least deprived
  • Nursing auxiliaries and assistants, security guards and cab drivers have experienced bigger increase in deaths than other occupations
  • Greatest disparity found for age, with male sex also significant risk factor. Among people already diagnosed with coronavirus, people who were 80 or older were seventy times more likely to die than those under 40.
  • Working-age males diagnosed with Covid-19 were twice as likely to die as females.
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