When I describe what happened to my family, a lot of people respond sympathetically saying what “terrible luck” we’ve had. But when you look at the context in which my dad’s death took place, terrible luck becomes something much more sinister. New data from the Office for National Statistics has shown again that as a non-white person, my dad was significantly more likely to die from Covid-19. His death and the deaths of so many others from “minority” ethnic groups were the result of consistent and incontrovertible failures within government, and apathy towards the communities most affected by the virus. This apathy has unfortunately extended into the way the inquiry itself has been conducted.
During this period, the rate of death involving COVID-19 was highest for the Bangladeshi ethnic group (5.0 times greater than the White British group for males, and 4.5 times greater for females), followed by the Pakistani (3.1 for males, 2.6 for females) and Black African (2.4 for males, 1.7 for females) ethnic groups.
Location, measures of disadvantage, occupation, living arrangements, pre-existing health conditions and vaccination status accounted for a large proportion of the excess rate of death involving COVID-19 in most ethnic minority groups; however, the Bangladeshi ethnic group and men from the Pakistani ethnic group remained at higher risk than White British people in the third wave, even after adjusting for vaccination status.
Males and females of Black Caribbean and Black African background were at elevated risk in the third wave after adjusting for location, measures of disadvantage, occupation, living arrangements, pre-existing health conditions; after also adjusting for vaccination status, there was no evidence that the risk was greater than for the White British ethnic group.
So, it was socioeconomic status, not race, that was the determinant.
Sadly, the inquiry is refusing to look at the issue of structural racism,
That’s the very thing that has already been looked at in those numbers.
What does anyone expect to happen? Recent immigrants to have the same socioeconomic status as indigenes? Higher? What?