BAME workers are more likely to die from Coronavirus

A Community response

Public Health England has published new evidence and analysis that shows certain groups are more likely to be diagnosed with and die from COVID-19, while existing health inequalities have been exacerbated.

Responding to the news, Lauren Crowley, Head of Equalities for Community said:

“Public Health England has confirmed what our members have known for a long time: BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) workers and other disadvantaged groups are significantly more at risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19.

“Our frontline workers desperately need the Government to issue advice to employers and authorities to undertake protective steps for at risk groups.

“It has taken far too long to put measures in place to avoid preventable deaths and we cannot continue to accept a situation where some groups suffer more than others.”

You can find the report published by Public Health England here.

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