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Black and Asian people ‘up to twice as likely to be infected with Covid’

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Black and Asian people are up to twice as likely to be infected with COVID-19 compared to those of white ethnicities, according to a major new report.

The risk of ending up in intensive care with coronavirus may be twice as high for people with an Asian background compared to white people, data gathered from more than 18 million individuals in 50 studies across the UK and US also suggests.

The report, published in the EClinicalMedicine by The Lancet, is the first-ever meta-analysis of the effect of ethnicity on patients with COVID-19.

The scientists behind it said their findings should be of "importance to policymakers" ahead of the possible roll out of a vaccine.

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Source: The Independent, 12 November 2020

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