Friday 23 October 2020 7:54 AM UTC
LONDON Oct 23: Ethnic minorities will likely continue to be hit hardest by Covid-19 during the second wave because the factors that make them vulnerable to the virus can’t be changed overnight, a Government scientific adviser has warned.
Dr Raghib Ali, a clinical epidemiologist Cambridge University, was one of the main researchers behind a Government report that today concluded minorities are at a higher risk of catching and dying from the virus because of their jobs and where they live.
Dr Ali told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: ‘The key underlying risk factors are long term, and it’s difficult to change some of those risk factors like where people live, their occupation and their living arrangements. These are not things that are going to change from the first wave to now.’
Number 10’s Race Disparity Unit reviewed the findings of all major UK studies probing the disproportionate effect coronavirus has had on people from black and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds.
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