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Black people four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people, new UK data shows

May 7, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Black people in the UK are four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people and a number of other ethnic groups are also at an increased risk, according to new data released Thursday.

London (CNN)Black people in the UK are four times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people and a number of other ethnic groups are also at an increased risk, according to new data released Thursday.

A report by the Office for National Statistics found black women (defined by the study as Black Caribbean, Black African and Black Other) are 4. 3 times more likely to die with Covid-19 than white women, while black men are 4. 2 more likely to die.

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.

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.

An analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank found last week that people from black African backgrounds were 3. 7 times more likely to die in hospital from the disease than white people.

And the findings also chime with similar reports in the United States, where African Americans have died from Covid-19 at a disproportionately high rate.

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.

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