Asians are up to five times more likely to contract the coronavirus than whites, according to a government-run surveillance system.
A report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today found that seven out of 1,510 Britons classified as Asian wiped Covid-19 positive – a rate of around 0.46 percent. For comparison: for whites the rate was 0.12 percent. The ONS concluded that the risk was slightly higher than the percentage difference and that Asians were 4.8 times more likely to test positive.
No cases were diagnosed in any other ethnic group in England between June 8 and August 2, if data are related. But the corpse claimed black Britons were twice as likely to be diagnosed based on older numbers.
Antibody test results – which show whether someone has had the disease in the past – showed a similar ethnicity discrepancy: only 4.8 percent of whites tested positive for the substances. In comparison, the rate for Asians was 10.8 percent and for Black Britons 9.5 percent.
Numerous reports have found that blacks, Asians and ethnic minorities (BAME) in the UK are at a higher risk of death from contracting coronavirus than whites.
Experts can't say exactly why this is, but it is This could be because ethnic minorities are more likely to be poor, use public transport more often and work in publicly accessible professions. All of these three factors make them more prone to interacting with strangers and contracting the disease.
Epidemiologists previously told MailOnline that some communities that do not speak English as their first language have not followed strict social distancing rules as strictly because they have not been informed of public health news.
Professor Paul Hunter, epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, and Gabriel Scally, professor of public health at the University of Bristol, said there had been a "communication breakdown" and "language barriers are certainly a problem".
Local health officials in cordoned off parts of northern England announced that South Asian communities were disproportionately infected.
Oldham, the current coronavirus hotspot in the UK, was forced to reverse lockdown restrictions last week after a huge surge in Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. Arooj Shah, vice chairman of Oldham Council, said the groups account for up to two-thirds of all new cases in the city of Manchester.
85 percent of the new Covid-19 infections in Blackburn with Darwen, who also had to withdraw into a tougher situation, were among people of South Asian heritage. Language barriers have been blamed for the surge in cases in Leicester.
The results come that a group of outnumbered police officers were forced to flee a street mob after failing to break up an illegal party celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day in Manchester's closed Curry Mile.
An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report released today found that people identified as Asian or British Asians were 4.8 times more likely to test positive for coronavirus than whites. ONS data released today also showed that individuals were more likely to test positive
People who were not working or unable to work from home were more likely to test positive, as were health care workers in patient-facing roles
A paper published by Public Health England in June found that BAME Brits had a significantly higher risk of death if caught with Covid-19.
The PHE report found that Brits of Bangladeshi descent were about twice the risk of white Brits dying from the coronavirus.
And it turned out that black people as well as Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, other Asians or Caribbean people had a 10 to 50 percent higher risk of death. The analysis did not take into account the higher rates of long-term health conditions in these individuals, which experts say are likely to be responsible for some of the differences.
WHY ARE SO MANY CORONAVIRUS VICTIMS FROM BAME BACKGROUND?
Experts say there is unlikely to be a single reason ethnic minorities are more likely to become seriously ill or die from the virus.
Ethnic minorities make up a large part of the NHS workforce.
This exposes them to greater viral loads more often as they come into direct contact with critically ill patients.
A high viral load – the number of particles of the virus that first infects someone – gives the bug a "jump start," say scientists.
People from ethnic minorities are twice as likely to be poor and often the most affected by chronic diseases.
People who live in poverty smoke and drink more alcohol and are more likely to be obese – all of which increase the likelihood of chronic illness.
Patients with pre-existing health problems struggle to fight off COVID-19 before it causes deadly complications like pneumonia.
People from poorer backgrounds are also more likely to use public transport and live in overcrowded homes – which increases their chance of catching and spreading the virus.
According to Shaomeng Jia, an economics professor at Alabama State University's College of Business Administration, their jobs could also put them at higher risk.
Those who worked in retail, supermarkets, and construction – who couldn't work from home – were still mingling and risking infection even as the outbreak peaked, she said.
The findings compiled in the report also showed that age is the biggest risk factor that determines how likely people are to die with the virus – people over 80 are 70 times more likely to be killed than those under 40.
And health conditions that often appeared on people's death certificates were heart disease, diabetes – understood as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia. The data showed that more than one in five victims had diabetes. This was a significantly higher rate than that of people who died from other causes.
Poorer, disadvantaged people were at higher risk of death, and men who worked in low-paying jobs – such as security guards, bus drivers, and construction workers – also had less chance of survival if they contracted the virus.
Health chiefs launched an investigation in April to look into the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 on BAME Brits. This was sparked by a surge of evidence showing that white people are less likely to die from the disease.
Mr Hancock admitted that the report "uncovered huge disparities in our nation's health," and his Labor counterpart, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, noted, "Covid thrives on inequalities".
Doctors still don't know exactly what increases the risk of death for non-whites, but PHE's report adds to a growing body of evidence to show the link exists.
A paper presented to government advisors in SAGE suggested that above-average rates of type 2 diabetes in black and South Asian people could be to blame – the disease is known to increase the risk of death from Covid-19.
The highest diagnosis rates per 100,000 population were found among blacks (486 women and 649 men). The lowest were among whites (220 in women and 224 in men).
Compared to previous years, deaths from all reasons were almost four times higher than expected in black men, almost three times higher in Asian men, and almost twice higher in white men.
In women, deaths during this period were nearly 3 times higher for black, mixed and other women and 2.4 times higher for Asian women than for white women, 1.6 times.
The highest confirmed death rates per 100,000 population were found in people from "other" ethnic groups (234 women and 427 men), followed by people from black races (119 women and 257 men) and Asian ethnic groups (78 women and 163 men) ).
In comparison, the confirmed death rate among whites was 36 per 100,000 women and 70 per 100,000 men.
ONS data released today, which takes into account the results of swab testing of around 50,000 people, also showed that individual people were more likely to test positive and that nearly three-quarters of those affected by the disease would know that on the day they were no symptoms had wiped away.
The ONS found that only about 28 percent of people who tested positive for Covid-19 reported signs of symptoms at the time of their swab test or on either the previous or subsequent tests.
The remaining 72 percent of positive cases either said they had none of the specific or general symptoms on the day of their swab test positive, previous swab test, or subsequent swab test, or did not answer both questions, the ONS added.
The results, released on Tuesday, suggest that there are a "potentially large number" of asymptomatic cases of the virus.
The ONS added, “Of those who tested positive, only 28 percent reported signs of symptoms at the time of their swab test or either the previous or subsequent swab test.
The remaining 72 percent of positive cases either reported no specific or general symptoms on the day of their positive swab test, previous swab test, or subsequent swab test, or did not answer both questions.
"This suggests that there may be a large number of asymptomatic cases, but it is important to note that the symptoms were self-reported rather than professionally diagnosed."
Respondents said they reported fever, muscle pain, fatigue, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, headache, nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell.
However, the ONS stressed that its analysis was based on 165 people in its sample who tested positive, and that any false positives, people without the disease who tested positive, could have an impact on the results.
The new analysis, which is based on data from the ONS coronavirus infection survey, also found that people in one-person households are estimated to be twice as likely to test positive for Covid-19 as in two-person households.
The ONS said there was no evidence that those who lived in larger households of three, four, or more people were at greater or lower risk of testing positive than those who lived in two-person households.
It researched why single-person households may be more likely to test positive, and it was suggested that this is because they are more likely to meet friends and family members from other families.
The ONS added: "There is evidence that household size affects the percentage of people who test positive for Covid-19 in a swab test conducted between June 8 and August 2, 2020.
& # 39; It has been estimated that those in one-person households are about 2.1 times more likely to test positive for Covid-19 on a swab test than those in two-person households.
"We recently introduced new questions about contacts to the study, so we'll explore why people in single-person households may be more likely to test positive in a future article."
The report also did not find any increased risk between those who had returned to work and those who continued to work from home.
There was also no difference between people who did not work at all – such as students, retirees, or employees who were on leave – and people who are currently employed.
However, people who worked in patient-oriented functions in the NHS or in the nursing home were significantly more likely to contract the virus than people who worked in other professions.
Among nurses, doctors and social workers, 12.6 percent tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies from a blood test during the study period.
In comparison, the percentage of people who said they did not work in these roles was almost three times lower at 4.7 percent.
Investigations into the deaths of hundreds of NHS and caregivers with Covid-19 have been launched to see if they were adequately protected even though they did not have PPE at the height of the crisis.
Ministers have asked medical examiners to investigate the deaths of all frontline health and welfare workers who died fighting the first wave of epidemics in England and Wales.
The review, initiated last month, aims to determine whether the victims became ill with the infection as a result of their work and whether they had access to personal protective equipment (PPE).
Many hospitals and nursing homes ran out of PPE at the height of the crisis and there were terrifying reports of employees making their own masks and using garbage bags as aprons.
The Office of National Statistics estimates that as of July 20, a total of 625 health and social worker deaths in England and Wales have been linked to the coronavirus – one of the highest rates in the world.
The medical examiners, introduced to the NHS last year and called in to independently review deaths, will state whether they "have reason to believe that the Covid-19 infection was acquired in employment," The Independent reported.
Employers, including the NHS, could face legal ramifications if deaths were found to be caused by their negligence.
Police are fleeing after failing to break up the illegal Pakistani Independence Day street party in locked Manchester
By Dave Rudge and Jemma Carr for MailOnline
A group of outnumbered police officers fled a street mob after failing to break up an illegal party celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day in closed-off Manchester.
Hundreds of revelers gathered in Manchester's Curry Mile on Friday night, in violation of the city's tightened lockdown rules that limit outdoor gatherings to up to six people, with social distancing being enforced.
The police were finally able to evacuate crowds after closing the street – but not before a crowd of revelers surrounded a number of officers from all angles as they hurled abuse and sang "Pakistan".
In the clip, several men were pushing a policewoman and yelling in her face before she was briefly separated from her colleagues.
The officers then closed their ranks and forced the mob back when the officer held up her hands and called for silence.
A group of outnumbered police officers fled a street mob (pictured) after failing to break up an illegal party celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day in locked up Manchester
The officers are surrounded on all sides by the crowd, some of whom are grinning in the chaos and who continue to jostle.
While the sound of air horns can be heard in the background, chants of "Pakistan" and "England" can be heard from the group.
As the calls continue, the police begin to withdraw. An officer grabs the policewoman by the arm and pulls her away.
The crowd mocked when the police chased them off the street.
The police eventually broke up the rally and no arrests were made.
Lockdown restrictions on social gatherings remain in Greater Manchester and some parts of northern England – although measures are being eased elsewhere in the country.
The additional rules were enforced on July 31st after a local surge in Covid-19 cases.
The officers are surrounded on all sides by the crowd, some of whom are grinning in the chaos and who continue to jostle
Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan also slammed the celebrations on Twitter
Greater Manchester police said they received 2,459 emergency calls on Friday, compared with 1,590 the same day last year.
Detective Chief Inspector Carol Hobson said, “It is really disappointing to see conduct of this kind as we as a community try to fight the coronavirus and protect one another.
“Friday night is one of the busiest areas in terms of demand for police services, and incidents like this drain invaluable resources from other people who may be in dire need of the police. These obvious violations slow us down. & # 39;
Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Pilling added, “I can honestly say that in 30 years of policing I've never seen anything as rude as this behavior.
"In all honesty, it's incomprehensible and I'm incredibly disappointed that people feel like they can congregate this way – obviously breaking the rules."
Manchester Gorton MP Afzal Khan also slammed the celebrations on Twitter.
He wrote: “Disappointed, frustrated and angry with the appalling behavior on Wilmslow Road last night.
“Anti-social behavior of this kind is deeply disrespectful not only to the residents of Rusholme. Ignoring the Covid-19 regulations puts us all at risk.
“For those who came from outside of Manchester and are well aware of the Covid situation in our region, your decision to visit Rusholme last night increases the risk of spreading the virus further here and in your home.
"You should be ashamed – you have put your loved ones at risk."
Hundreds of revelers (left and right) were filmed dancing at an illegal lockdown party in Gorton, Manchester on August 15th
The street party came just the day before hundreds of revelers were caught partying in a pavilion during an illegal lockdown party in Manchester that saw rockets pelted at police officers.
Shocking footage from Snapchat shows the ravers disregarding social distancing measures as they attended the illegal rave in Gorton on August 15th.
Following the incident, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a woman they believed to be the organizer of the party was fined £ 100.
During the footage, hundreds of people with drinks in hand dance to loud music and defy social distancing measures.
The officers arrived at the scene after receiving numerous complaints from local residents on the street.
Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Pilling later told the Manchester Evening News that the footage was now being reviewed by police.
He added that while officials did not forcibly break up the rally because they were hit by rockets, they prevented others from joining the party and also issued a notice of closing down anti-social behavior.
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