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COVID-19 hits Indian minority groups in UK

Coronavirus pandemic has emerged to worst affect the minority of Indian origin people in UK.
According to an official data of  COVID-19 deaths in hospital across England and as per the National Health Service (NHS) 13,918  patients have died in hospital till April17 in England after testing positive for COVID-19, 16.2 per cent were of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background and those identifying with Indian ethnicity made up 3 per cent of that.

Caribbean’s are the second largest Coronavirus  affected people  after Indians  in UK with the death toll of 2.9 cent, followed by Pakistanis at 2.1, Bangladeshi are at 0.6per cent, African 1.9per cent, any other black background 0.9per cent, Chinese 0.4 per cent and any other ethnic group 2.8 per cent. The data, is a limited snapshot of the UK Covid-19 tests, follows the British government’s announcement of a review into the Coronavirus death toll disparity among the BAME population.

The BAME group has much higher deaths proportion compared to their roughly 13 per cent make-up of the total population. Death due to Covid-19 toll data analysis for NHS workers, stands at 69, also divulge a higher proportion of BAME.

UK secretary Matt Hancock while launching the review last week stated “We have seen, both across the population as a whole but in those who work in the NHS, a much higher proportion who’ve died from minority backgrounds and that really worries me,’’

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) has recently announced new academic tie-up with the Imperial College London to set up a research forum to delve deeper into this disparity within the medical profession in the UK.

The government said on Wednesday that 759 more people has died due to Covid-19 IN country’s hospitals, taking the total to 18,100. The death toll of UK is fourth highest in Europe which has reported over 20,000

– Davinder SIngh, NMTV News


NMTV was launched in the year 1999, and is Maharashtra only accredited 24-hour, 7-day-a-week local cable news station of Navi Mumbai airing news bulletins and programs in English, Hindi and Marathi. NMTV represents the state-of-the-art in local television news coverage, delivering on a commitment of responsible and community-oriented journalism on an around-the-clock basis.

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