Office of National Statistics (ONS) gives more details on Covid-19
Men working in the lowest skilled jobs had the highest rate of death involving Covid-19, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Male security guards are at the highest risk – and are more than four times as likely to die from coronavirus than the average man, while the threat to male bus and coach drivers is more than double.
The ONS did find that both men and women working in social care, including care workers and home carers, have “significantly” higher death rates involving Covid-19 than the working population as a whole.
From the Metro
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said black males in England and Wales are 4.2 times more likely to die from a Covid-19-related death than white men. Black females are 4.3 times more likely than white women. People of Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian origin, as well as mixed ethnicities, also had a statistically significant raised risk of death involving Covid-19 compared with white people. The ONS figures, which have been adjusted for age, suggest that men and women from all ethnic minority groups – except females with Chinese ethnicity – are at greater risk of dying from Covid-19 compared with those of white ethnicity.
The ONS said: ‘After taking account of age and other socio-demographic characteristics and measures of self-reported health and disability at the 2011 Census, the risk of a Covid-19-related death for males and females of black ethnicity reduced to 1.9 times more likely than those of white ethnicity.’ The Government has come under increasing pressure to investigate a surge a deaths among the black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. A disturbing report last month found nearly three quarters (72%) of all NHS and social care staff who have died from coronavirus are from BAME backgrounds. This is despite BAME workers making up 44% of NHS medical staff, according to analysis from Sky News. Last month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said an inquiry was launched into why people from BAME backgrounds are disproportionately affected, but there will likely be growing calls for answers following today’s disturbing ONS figures.