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UK: One Third Of Critical Corona Patients Are Ethnic Minorities

Britain’s African blacks and minority ethnic groups have received the hardest blow by coronavirus spiralling across the country. About 1/3rd of coronavirus patients belong to various minorities communities, thereby being disproportionately affected.

While Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people constitute 14% of the population of England and Wales, they represent a third of the patients in intensive care due to the coronavirus, reported the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC).

“South Asians live in more deprived areas and have more cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” added the ICNARC study. Being viewed as outsiders is a problematic attitudinal disposition.

Furthermore, the non-British staff comprises 12% of the UK health care workforce. In London, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Britain, this number is as high as 23%.

Activists and politicians are raising this issue as to why the minorities are more vulnerable to infectious diseases.

Labour M, Yasmin Qureshi called upon the Health Secretary on Twitter “to set up a task force to urgently investigate this and ensure the right steps are put in place to protect all our communities.”

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