UK study finds minorities at higher risk of COVID-19 death

LONDON (AP) — A British study says people from ethnic minorities have died in larger relative numbers with COVID-19 than their white compatriots. The Public Health England study was published Tuesday and it found that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity had about twice the risk of death of white Britons. It also found that people of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other Black ethnicity had between 10% and 50% higher risk of death than white Britons. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “being black or from a minority ethnic background is a major risk factor” and more work was needed to understand why. The study did not account for factors such as obesity and other conditions or the jobs done by those who died.