UK coronavirus: Black people four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people, ONS data shows
People of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, and mixed ethnicities also had a “statistically significant raised risk of death,” the report found.
The disparities are “partly a result of socio-economic disadvantage and other circumstances, but a remaining part of the difference has not yet been explained,” the study said.
Even after taking into account age, demographic factors and measures of self-reported health problems, black people were still almost twice as likely to die from Covid-19 than white people.
“It is urgent the causes of this disproportionality are investigated,” the UK’s shadow justice secretary David Lammy tweeted on Thursday, calling the findings “appalling.”
“Action must be taken to protect black men and women — as well as people from all backgrounds — from the virus,” he added.
The data covers the period up to April 10. Its figures are supported by previous studies, which have also found black people in the UK are dying at a far higher rate than their white peers.
That study said excess deaths cannot be explained by differences in geography and demography alone — nor is it accounted for by non-hospital deaths.
In Chicago, 72% of people who died were black, officials said in April, despite African Americans only making up 30% of the city’s population. In Louisiana, African Americans make up 32% of the population, but account for around 70% of deaths.
The UK has the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe, announcing on Wednesday that more than 30,000 people have died since the start of the outbreak.
This story has been updated.
CNN’s Zamira Rahim, Vasco Cotovio and Sharon Braithwaite contributed reporting.