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Black men have higher coronavirus death rate than anyone else in England and Wales

Written by on 16 October 2020

Men from African, Caribbean and Bangladeshi ethnic backgrounds have higher rates of death involving coronavirus than any other ethnic group in England and Wales, new data shows.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said rates have exceeded 250 per 100,000 for those groups.

The ONS had previously combined Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups, but has since found the latter group had a “significantly higher” risk of dying with COVID-19.

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White men have a mortality rate of 106.8 deaths per 100,000, second only to Chinese men – who have the lowest coronavirus mortality rate.

White women in England and Wales have the lowest rate of death among women, at 65.7 per 100,000.

Women of black Caribbean backgrounds had the highest death rate among women, at 128.8 per 100,000 – almost double that of white women, and “significantly higher” than women from Indian, mixed race and Chinese ethnic backgrounds

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A review was ordered over summer into why BAME people were disproportionately affected by the virus, but the government later admitted that it had “not gone far enough”, and no recommendations were made.

In June, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had been “really struck” by the “clear difference” in the proportion of people dying with coronavirus who are from ethnic minority backgrounds.