England and Wales: Black males three times more likely to die of Covid-19 than white males

22 July 2020

An increasing number of reports are being published looking at the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that males of black ethnic background had the highest mortality rate from the virus.

Among black males of all ages, ONS data showed, the death rate was 255.7 per 100,000 people, compared with 87 deaths per 100,000 for white males.

The study covered deaths in hospitals and in the community between 2 March and 15 May.

After adjusting for region, population density, and sociodemographic factors, the researchers found that men of black ethnic background were still twice as likely to die than white males, while the risk was 1.4 times greater for females of black ethnic background.

The analysis also found that Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian males had a higher chance of dying than white males.

‘ONS analysis continues to show that people from a black ethnic background are at a greater risk of death involving Covid-19 than all other ethnic groups,’ said Nick Stripe, ONS head of life events.

‘The ONS will continue to research this unexplained increased risk of death, examining the impact of other health conditions.’  

See here for the second Public Health England report on the impact of Covid-19 on BAME groups.

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