Black people are four times more likely to die from coronavirus than white people, study finds

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In the UK, a study has found that black people are four times more likely to die from coronavirus than white people.

Government statisticians analysed the number of all COVID-19-related fatalities in England and Wales between March 2 and April 10.

Black people made up the largest minority ethnic group of COVID-19 victims, accounting for six per cent.  

Black males are 4.2 times more likely to die from a COVID-19-related death and black females are 4.3 times more likely than white ethnicity males and females.

Even after accounting for health conditions and differences in factors such as income, the risk for black people was still almost twice as high.

But the Office for National Statistics, which collected the data cannot explain the reasons behind the findings. The report did not look into whether people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic  (BAME) backgrounds are more likely to be infected in the first place.

It comes amid an urgent Number 10 investigation into the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black and minority ethnic Britains.