United Kingdom: discrimination overexposes minorities to coronavirus

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The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on black and minority people living in the United Kingdom is the result of "decades of discrimination", a report denounced Tuesday lamenting the government's inaction to protect them.

The impact of the pandemic on these populations is the consequence of decades of structural injustice, inequality and discrimination that ravage our society, underlined the author of this study carried out at the request of the Labor opposition, Doreen Lawrence.

Blacks, Asians and other ethnic minorities are more likely to work in jobs exposed to the virus, more likely to have co-morbidities that increase the risk of serious illness and more likely to face barriers in accessing health care, lists the new report.

They were also the target of a shameful racism, some seeking to blame different communities for the spread of the virus.

Several studies have shown that black, Asian and other ethnic minorities living in the United Kingdom are much more likely to die from COVID-19 than average, pointing in particular to the role of socio-economic factors.

Blacks, Asians and ethnic minorities have been overexposed, underprotected, stigmatized and neglected during this pandemic, said Ms. Lawrence, a member of the House of Lords, and has been involved for years with disadvantaged young people.

Ms. Lawrence calls on the Conservative government to act to reduce the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on these populations.

She believes employers should be legally required to post their COVID-19 risk assessments on a government portal and provide protective gear for their employees.

The government should also suspend the rule that prevents some migrants from accessing state aid, and, in the longer term, remove barriers to accessing health services and information, she recommends. .

A government spokesperson stressed thata series of factors put different groups at increased risk of infection and death from Covid-19.

For this reason, we need to be careful to identify the root causes of the disparities we see and not assume that they are evidence of discrimination or unfair treatment in public services., he added.

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