LONDON – Rights watchdog to investigate BAME death toll from COVID

The UK’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission will launch an inquiry to examine “the loss of lives and livelihoods” of people from different ethnic minorities, in a wake of evidence that the death toll from COVID-19 and impact of the pandemic has been disproportionately high among black and ethnic minority people.

Earlier this week, a report by Public Health England revealed that people of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, other Asian, Caribbean and other Black ethnicity had between a 10% and 50% higher risk of death from coronavirus compared to white Britons.

On Thursday (4 June) Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch told the House of Commons that the higher death toll was not the result of “systemic injustice”.

David Isaacs, the Chief Executive of the EHRC, said that the inquiry was a “once in a generation opportunity to tackle long-standing entrenched racial inequalities”. (Benjamin Fox |

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