ONS Briefing on Covid 19 Mortality by Ethnicity, Religion and Disability

HEAR has just received this information from our colleagues at the Office for National Statistics:

The bulletin on Coronavirus (COVID-19) related mortality by religion, ethnicity and disability England and Wales is now available on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.

The main points are:

  • Provisional analysis for the period 2nd March to 15th May 2020 shows, that after taking into account size and age structure of the population, the mortality rate for deaths involving COVID-19 was highest among males of Black ethnic background at 255.7 deaths per 100,000 population and lowest among males of White ethnic background at 87.0 deaths per 100,000;
  • For females, the pattern was similar with the highest rates among those of Black ethnic background (119.8) and lowest among those of White ethnic background (52.0).
  • To understand and explain these differences we explored further with statistical modelling using information from only private households included in the 2011 Census.
  • This analysis showed that for all ages the rate of deaths involving COVID-19 for Black males was 3.3 times greater than that for White males of the same age, while the rate for Black females was 2.4 times greater than for White females.
  • After adjusting for region, population density, socio-demographic and household characteristics, the raised rate of death involving COVID-19 for people of Black ethnic background of all ages together was 2.0 times greater for males and 1.4 times greater for females compared with those of White ethnic background.
  • Males of Bangladeshi\Pakistani and Indian ethnic background also had a significantly higher rate of death involving COVID-19 (1.5 and 1.6 times, respectively) than White males once region, population density, socio-demographic and household characteristics were accounted for; whilst for females in Bangladeshi\Pakistani, Indian, Chinese and Mixed ethnic groups the rate of death involving COVID-19 was equivalent to White females.
  • When looking at total number of deaths involving COVID-19 88.6% were of people from a White ethnic group, 6.2 % from an Asian ethnic group, 4.0% from a Black ethnic group and 0.5 % from an Other ethnic group.

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