Black, Indian and Pakistani people more at risk of COVID-19 death: British Statistic Office

A woman in a protective face mask walks through Brixton Market in South London. © Victoria Jones/PA

Black people and those of Indian, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani ethnicity have a COVID-19 mortality risk higher than those of White ethnicity, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The Office for National Statistics is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a non-ministerial department which reports directly to the UK Parliament.

ONS released the statistics today after ‘adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics – including deprivation – and self-reported health and disability at the 2011 Census’, the organization said.

“The risk of death involving the coronavirus among some ethnic groups is significantly higher than that of those of White ethnicity,” ONS added.

“Males in the Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic group have a COVID-19 mortality risk that is 1.8 times higher than those of White ethnicity and Black females are 4.3 times more likely than White ethnicity males and females,” the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority added.

“Both males and females of Bangladeshi and Pakistani, Indian, and Mixed ethnicities also had a statistically significant raised risk of death by COVID-19 compared with those of White ethnicity,” ONS shared on Twitter.

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