Minority ethnic groups are at a higher risk of death in a more severe case of the new coronavirus, than other "white" patients, according to a 'Public Health England' study, cited by the agency 'Bloomberg'.
Likewise, men, citizens over 80 and people living in the most disadvantaged areas, are also part of the most sensitive group, according to a report by the institution, published this Tuesday. The study did not take into account aggravating factors, including associated clinical problems or obesity.
Minority groups also face a higher risk of infection with the disease, as they are more likely to be part of large households, have jobs that expose them to the virus more and reside in densely populated urban areas, according to the study.
After taking into account factors such as gender and geography, the study showed that the population of Bangladesh is twice as likely to die from the disease as "whites".
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has promised to carry out further studies on this matter. "It is very clear that some people are significantly more vulnerable to Covid-19 and this is something that I am determined to understand and take steps to address," he said.
These findings are similar to data reported in April that showed that black and Hispanic New Yorkers have a higher mortality rate from the new coronavirus than the white population.