Why is coronavirus disproportionately affecting BAME communities?

Why is the BAME community being disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis?

Figure released by NHS England show more than 16% of people who tested positive for coronavirus when they died in hospitals in England were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

That's despite BAME people making up 14% of the population in England and Wales.

One report found that black, Asian and minority ethnic communities accounted for 34.5% of critically ill Covid-19 patients in hospital (source ICNARC).

Tonight an event organised by the The Ubele Initiative brings together a panel of key figures to discuss the crisis and its impact on the community.

You can watch the debate live (until 21:30 Monday evening) by clicking the button below. For more details of this virtual event, and the panellists taking part, scroll further down the page.

Panellists taking part in Monday night's event include:

  • Barbara Gray, Mayoress of Lewisham

  • Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, gal-dem Magazine

  • Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement

  • Deirdre Woods, London Food Board

  • Dr Elizabeth, Henry Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns

  • Henna Shah, Charity So White

  • Ifeoma Ike, Pink Cornrows

  • Joy Warmington, BRAP

  • Karl Murray, The Ubele Initiative

  • Kunle Olulode, Voice4Change England

  • Leroy Logan MBE, Voyage Youth

  • Marion Wadibia, NAZ Project

  • Marsha de Cordova, MP Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

  • Patrick Vernon OBE, Windrush Campaigner

  • Prof Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, FFPH London Regional Director of PHE

  • Roger McKenzie, Unison & TUC

  • Sado Jirde, Black South West Network

  • Sarbjit Ganger, Asian Women Resource

  • Susan Cueva, Kanlungan Filipino Consortium

  • Yvonne Field, The Ubele Initiative

The Ubele Initiative launched a petition as part of the #WeNeedAnswers campaign urging the government to carry out an independent public inquiry.

This campaign is of real significance to us as members of BAME communities. We want much more than a review — we need a full public inquiry that gets to the root of what has happened and provides us with the truth. Members of my own family have been seriously affected by this virus so the ‘personal is also political’ as they say!

Yvonne Field, The Ubele Initiative