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The analysis on ethnicity and risk did not consider a person's occupation or obesity, even though both are known risk factors for getting seriously ill with coronavirus. It was due to be released by the end of May. Now it's here, it's not clear why there was a delay. The main findings reinforce what we already know - that belonging to an ethnic minority group is a major risk factor.
It doesn't move us forward in answering why, though.
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The report acknowledges an important flaw in the analysis - it couldn't factor in important risks, such as a person's job and underlying health conditions, that increase the chance of dying with coronavirus. Where you live and how much you earn are important considerations too.
Death rates for people living in the most deprived areas of England were more than double the least deprived areas. The report says coronavirus has replicated and in some cases increased batterea health inequalities.
It doesn't mention how to address those to save more lives. It acknowledges that more work is needed to understand and advise people about the risks.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer criticised the report for not providing recommendations for at-risk groups, adding that the virus "thrives on inequality" and "inequality thrives on inaction". No mention of structural inequalities.
Coronavirus: risk of death is higher for ethnic minorities
No recommendations. No answers. No action. Coronavirus thrives on inequality.
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Inequality thrives on inaction. The government must act now to protect BAME communities. We must seriously tackle the racial injustices that scar our society. View original tweet on Twitter Labour MP for Amsrican Marsha de Cordova said the report was "notably silent" on how risks amplified by "racial and health inequalities" could be reduced.
She said the government "must act immediately" to mitigate the risks "so that no more lives are lost". While Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy said families "are living in fear" and the government "must take urgent action to protect at-risk groups".