Men from African, Caribbean and Bangladeshi ethnic backgrounds have higher rates of death involving coronavirus than any other ethnic group in England and Wales.
New data from the Office for National Statistics shows rates have exceeded 250 per 100,000 people for these groups.
Previous data has placed Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups together but new analysis highlights the latter is at a ‘significantly higher risk’.
Meanwhile, white men continue to have one of the lowest rates of death involving Covid-19 at 106.8 deaths per 100,000. This is lower than all other ethnic groups apart from Chinese.
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The data, which covers deaths that occurred between March 2 and July 28, also showed females of black Caribbean ethnic background were nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus than white women.
Females of black Caribbean ethnic background had the highest rate at 128.8 deaths per 100,000. This is ‘significantly higher’ than those of white, Indian, mixed and Chinese ethnic backgrounds.
Figures showed white females had the lowest age-standardised Covid mortality rate at 65.7 deaths per 100,000.
It comes as experts call urge people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and elderly people to sign up to vaccine trials.
Only 11,000 out of 270,000 volunteers on the NHS Vaccine Registry are from Asian communities, while just 1,200 are from black, African and Caribbean backgrounds.
New ONS figures also revealed today that almost 28,000 people were infected with coronavirus a day in the first week of October.
Between October 2 and 8, there were 27,8000 new Covid-19 cases per day across England, equating to around 5.11 new infections per 10,000 people per day.
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This equates to around 5.11 new infections per 10,000 people per day, although these numbers do not include people living in institutional settings.
In England, this means at any given time between October 2 and 8, around one in 160 people were infected, equating to around 336,500 people – the ONS’ highest estimate of the number of infections since the survey began in May.
In comparison, it was estimated that 7,900 people in Wales had the virus during the same week, equating to around 1 in 390 people.
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