Covid-19 was the cause of death for 54% of black people living in care homes and 49% of deaths of Asian people according to new data released by the Care Quality Commission today.

In comparison Covid-19 was responsible for 44% of deaths of white people and 41% of those from​ mixed or multiple ethnic groups.

All reported deaths from all adult social care settings (not only care homes) shows that confirmed or suspected COVID-19 was responsible for 49% of black people and 42% of Asian people compared to 41% of white people and 41% of people from mixed or multiple ethnic groups.

Source: CQC

“It is clear that urgent action is needed to fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on people from BME backgrounds in adult social care settings,” said Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

“This data indicates a disproportionate impact on people from BME backgrounds from COVID-19 in adult social care but the limitations of the data mean that much more work is needed.”

The data is for the period 10 April to 15 May 2020 and is unadjusted, this means that it does not take into account any other factors such as age structure, socio-economic status or geographical factors. The majority of the data published by the government and other public bodies recently has been adjusted in this way and so cannot be compared like-with-like.

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