Nearly all ethnic minority groups in UK have a higher death rate than white population
|All ethnic minority groups other than Chinese had a higher Covid death rate than the white population across both genders, according to the latest data release.
While males of black African, black Caribbean and Bangladeshi ethnic backgrounds are dying at a "higher rate" of Covid than any other group.
Rates among these minority ethnic groups exceeded 250 deaths per 100,000 people in the latest data gathered by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) between March 2 and July 28 in England and Wales.
Previous analysis had combined Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups, but new estimates show the latter group had a "significantly higher risk" of Covid-19 mortality.
The rate among these groups is more than double that of males from white backgrounds, with a Covid mortality rate of 106.8 deaths per 100,000. That figure is lower than all other ethnic groups apart from Chinese.
The latest data is in line with findings up to 15 May, where males and females of Black and South Asian ethnic background were shown to have increased risks of death involving coronavirus compared with those of White ethnic background.
For the first time, the ONS also factored in account geography, socio-economic characteristics and health measures including pre-existing conditions..
Taking all of these additional factors males of black African background still had a 2.5 times higher rate of death involving Covid-19 than those of a white background.
For females, based on the same factors, the risk was 2.1 times greater.
But the ONS said even factoring in "specific pre-existing conditions" that put people at greater risk of dying from Covid more generally, this still "does not explain" difference in death rates between different ethnic groups.
2.5 Times higher rate of death among males of black African background compared to white.
2.1 Times higher rate of death among females of black African background compared to white.
Among females, white women were found to have the lowest age-standardised Covid mortality rate at 65.7 deaths per 100,000.
While the rate for females of black Caribbean ethnic background was nearly double at 128.8 deaths per 100,000.
This group had the highest death rate of any ethnic background and "significantly higher" than those of white, Indian, mixed and Chinese ethnic backgrounds.