Covid-19 mortality rates among BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) people in England are higher than for the white population, with black people most likely to contract the deadly disease, according to an official report.

A review of “Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19” was finally released by Public Health England (PHE) on Tuesday after widespread criticism of its delay.

The government-led inquiry found that black people were most likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19, during a pandemic that has claimed almost 40,000 lives in Britain since February, according to the latest official figures.

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People of Bangladeshi background face the greatest risk of dying from the virus – double that of white Britons, according to the PHE review.

People who are ethnically classed as Chinese, Pakistani, Indian, “other Asian,” Caribbean or “other black” also encounter much worse health outcomes when it comes to Covid-19, according to the review. The risk of dying from the virus is between 10 percent and 50 percent higher than for white Britons.

The report found that the high death toll in black and Asian communities is a reversal of historic trends, in which white Britons were previously the ethnic group most likely to die from any cause. (RT)