Coronavirus is killing black Caribbean people in hospitals in England at almost three times the rate of white people, highlighting inequalities in the deadly effects of the disease.
Experts said that unlike in the US, the higher mortality rate, especially for those of black Caribbean descent, was not simply because the victims were more likely to live in areas where the virus was most prevalent.
The figures and analysis will reinforce concerns that Covid-19 has exposed deep disparities in British society, with some ethnic minority groups facing choices between their lives and their livelihoods.
Figures from NHS England on Thursday showed the disproportionate pain the coronavirus has inflicted on black Caribbean people — far greater than on other large ethnic minority groups or on white people.
Data running up to April 28 showed that the virus had killed 33 white people per 100,000 in English hospitals, but had killed 89