|By Nadine White
As many as a third of coronavirus patients may be Black or Asian, nearly three times the 13% proportion of the UK population that they make up.
Some 14% of those with the most serious cases were Black and the same amount were Asian, according to the research, sparking calls for further probes into structural inequality and health outcomes.
The alarming figures come from a study of 2,000 people by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC). Lord Simon Woolley, chair of the landmark Race Disparity Audit’s advisory group, said this research reflected the need for the government to appoint a minister dedicated to furthering racial equality.
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