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Men of Pakistani, Bangladeshi origin more at risk from coronavirus, says UK govt report

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Men of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin and black people are nearly twice as likely to die from the covid-19 than Caucasians, even when adjusting data for deprivation, a new British report said on Thursday.

The statistics chimed with reports in other Western nations, from Finland to the United States, that non-white ethnic groups have been worse hit by the new covid-19 which has killed nearly 263,000 people worldwide.

The risk of death involving the covid-19 among some ethnic groups is significantly higher than that of those of white ethnicity,” the government’s Office for National Statistics said in a new report.

Scientists studying the novel covid-19 have noted striking differences in death rates based on age, sex and ethnicity, and hope genetics may hold clues for medicines or a vaccine. But there are still vast holes in knowledge.

Without adjusting for factors including poverty, education and health, Britain’s ONS found that black males were 4.2 times more likely to succumb to a coronavirus related death and black females were 4.3 times more likely than white counterparts.

The adjusted model showed that black people were 1.9 times more likely to die from coronavirus than the white ethnic group.

Males of Pakistani and Bangladeshi ethnicity were 1.8 times more likely to die, and females from those groups 1.6 times, according to the adjusted model. But individuals from the Chinese and mixed ethnic group have similar risks to whites.”

The difference between ethnic groups in coronavirus mortality is partly a result of socio-economic disadvantage and other circumstances, but a remaining part of the difference has not yet been explained, the report added.

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