Firstly, people of BAME communities are likely to be at increased risk of acquiring the infection. This is because BAME people are more likely to live in urban areas, in overcrowded households, in deprived areas, and have jobs that expose them to higher risk. People of BAME groups are also more likely than people of White British ethnicity to be born abroad, which means they may face additional barriers in accessing services that are created by, for example, cultural and language differences.
Announcing the report, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there will be another review into why BAME people in particular are more at risk from coronavirus, telling MPs: "I'm determined that we continue to develop our understanding and shape our response. And I'm pleased to announce that the equalities minister [Liz Truss] will be leading on this work and taking it forward, working with [Public Health England] and others to further understand the impact."The largest disparity found nationwide was age: those aged 80 or over were 70 times more likely to die from the virus than people under 40, while the risk of death was also higher for males than females, and for people living in more deprived areas.The report also found "a particularly high increase in all cause deaths among those born outside the UK and Ireland", as well as among frontline workers such as nursing assistants and care home staff; taxi and minicab drivers; and those working as security guards and in "related occupations".
Secondly, people of BAME communities are also likely to be at increased risk of poorer outcomes once they acquire the infection. For example, some co-morbidities which increase the risk of poorer outcomes from COVID-19 are more common among certain ethnic groups. People of Bangladeshi and Pakistani background have higher rates of cardiovascular disease than people from White British ethnicity, and people of Black Caribbean and Black African ethnicity have higher rates of hypertension compared with other ethnic groups. Data from the National Diabetes Audit suggests that type II diabetes prevalence is higher in people from BAME communities