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PM urged to launch ‘transparent’ independent public inquiry into BAME Covid-19 deaths

BORIS JOHNSON was urged to launch an independent public inquiry today into the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on black and minority-ethnic (BAME) communities.

In an open letter, campaigners told the Prime Minister that only an independent inquiry could explain the “outsized effect” that Covid-19 was having on people from BAME backgrounds.

Recent analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that black men and women are more than four times more likely to suffer a coronavirus-related death than their white counterparts.

People of Bangladeshi and Pakistani, Indian and multiple-ethnicity backgrounds also had an increased risk of death involving Covid-19 compared with those of white ethnicity, the ONS found.

The letter states that a transparent independent inquiry would “help to restore public confidence amongst Britain’s BAME communities.”

It has more than 50 signatories including celebrities, medics and council, union and church leaders such as broadcaster Konnie Huq, writer Afua Hirsch, the mayors of Newham and Bristol and the bishops of Southwark, Barking and Liverpool.

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