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LONDON, Feb. 26 – Some ethnic minority groups in Britain were relatively less affected in the second wave of Covid-19 cases than in the first, a government report said today on the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on minorities.
A quarterly report previously found that the increased risk to ethnic minorities from Covid-19 is largely driven by factors such as living circumstances and occupation.
Differences have improved for some ethnic groups, including Black Africans, Black Caribbean, Chinese and Indians, a recent report showed, stressing that ethnicity or genetics alone are not risk factors.
“The latest data show that this is not an unequivocal situation. Outcomes have improved for some ethnic minority groups since the first wave, but we know that some communities are still particularly vulnerable, ”said Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch.
The report revealed that there is a risk of infection for Pakistanis and Bangladesh after adjusting to other factors, adding that the reasons for this are not yet clear.
While there are still some differences, the government highlighted the work being done to combat the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on blacks and ethnic minority groups, including working with broadcasters in different languages and funding advocates at the local level to promote awareness.
In addition to being at higher risk than Covid-19, there is evidence that vaccine variance is greater in ethnic minority groups.
The government said only 49 per cent of adult blacks or British blacks reported likely to have the vaccine and cited data showing that approximately 60 per cent of blacks over the age of 70 were vaccinated compared to 75 per cent of South Asians and 90 cents of whites.
“There are lights at the end of the tunnel, and as the introduction of the vaccine continues, I ask everyone who is offered to take the opportunity to protect themselves, their family and their community,” Badenoch said. – Reuters