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Why are so many BME people dying from coronavirus?

Donna Campbell (left)and Leilani Medel (right) died from the virus.

There have been calls for an investigation into the high number of minority ethnic groups dying from coronavirus - both on the frontline and the general public.

The first three casualties on the NHS frontline in Wales were black or ethnic minority. Across the UK, the first ten doctors to die were all from minority backgrounds.

Since Friday two BME nurses in Wales died from the virus.

Mother-of-two, Donna Campbell, passed away at the University Hospital of Wales on Friday. On Tuesday, Leilani Medel, a nurse from Bridgend who worked in care homes and hospital, was confirmed to have died.

Earlier this month, Wales' leading heart surgeon, Jitendra Rathod, also died after testing positive for Covid-19.

Additionally, nationwide, one third of those critically ill from the coronavirus are from minority ethnic backgrounds.,

the first ten doctors to die in the UK were all from BME backgrounds.

Doctors have said preexisting inequalities in health and healthcare and may be a reason why more ethnic minorities seem to be affected.

TUC Wales said the pandemic is hitting people who are poorer harder, and that language barriers have impacted how quick information has been fed to certain communities.

BAME people do tend to be in a lower socioeconomic category, tend to be poorer, live with extended families, so the two meeting rule is very difficult to apply.

Right from the start in all of this one of the things we were saying to government was one of the key things that needed to happen was some of the info in the public domain, it needed to be provided in a number of different languages. In some instances, people were relying on information coming from other parts of the world to understand the impact of the virus - the information fed to BAME communities was much slower.

– Shavanah Taj, TUC Wales
44%
of doctors are BME.

Dr David Bailey, from The British Medical Association, said the difference in the number of BME doctors being affected is 'stark' and called for an investigation.

He said, ''We absolutely need to know that because we need to be able to advise our members whether or not they need to treat themselves differently in terms of their risk profiles.''

The Welsh Government said it has worked with Public Health Wales to make information accessible to all.

We have worked with Public Health Wales and other partners to make public health information about coronavirus accessible to people in multiple language.

– Welsh Government

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