Camden Council has released its early findings into the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.
Among other findings, the report confirms that in North Central London there has been higher percentage of COVID-19 deaths among people born in Africa or Asia, compared to those born in Europe.
It also shows long-term health conditions that increase risk to Covid-19, such as diabetes and heart conditions, are higher among Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups compared to white people living in Camden.
Reacting to the findings, Lib Dem councillor Luisa Porritt, who sits on the Council's Covid-19 Oversight Panel, said:
“This report sadly confirms what we already knew from government data: that ethnic minority communities in Camden have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
It is now incumbent on the Conservative Government to urgently address these disparities by publishing and acting on the recommendations it has so far held back.
“The Labour-run Council must also ensure its final report on disproportionality includes detailed data from as wide a range of ethnic minority communities as possible, and that it sets out a clear list of actions, in order to fulfil its pledge of leaving no Camden residents behind.”
Camden residents from ethnic minorities wanting to participate in this research should contact the Council as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].
This information will help inform the final report, due by the end of July, which will also make recommendations.
For more on this issue, read our article in response to the initial UK Government report on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and minority ethnic communities, where you will find links to further resources on tackling racial inequality more generally.