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The impact of Coronavirus on Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities

- 17 08 20

Key Takeaways

1
The impact of Covid-19 has been felt across the whole of the UK, however this burden has not been shared equally. From the outset of the pandemic, deeply entrenched social inequalities and longstanding structural racism created an environment where this deadly virus could thrive.
2
Our research has found widespread anger at how the government has handled the response to covid-19, and frustration about the disproportionate impact on people from BAME backgrounds.
3
The uneven impact of the coronavirus outbreak has not just been medical, but has affected BAME Britons at twice the rate of the national average through job losses, cuts to working hours and financial difficulties.

Early in 2020, HOPE not hate Charitable Trust conducted rare polling of BAME communities’ experiences and views across a range of issues, including ethnic minority experiences during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

This research found that BAME groups have been the hardest hit not just by the Coronavirus itself, but also by the subsequent economic fall-out, resulting in scepticism towards the government’s response to the current crisis.

Our findings have substantial implications for public health messaging, testing and contact tracing and trust amongst BAME groups and economic support during a recovery.

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