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The government has been accused of failing to carry out key recommendations to protect Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities from Covid-19 as fears mount over the second wave.The first indication that people from these groups were disproportionately dying from coronavirus was published almost six months ago, yet critics say little has been done to reduce the risk despite two reports outlining actions that could be taken.Ministers are being urged to act now to protect the vulnerable communities.At the moment, a third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from BAME backgrounds and on Monday, chief scientific officer Patrick Vallance warned there could be 50,000 daily cases of Covid-19 by mid-October and 200 deaths a day by mid-November if the current rate of infection is not halted.Labour MP Marsha de Cordova MP, shadow women and equalities secretary, slammed the government for “failing” to safeguard BAME groups.“This government has failed to act to protect Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities since this health crisis began six months ago. During that time we have seen copious amounts of evidence and recommendations, all of which point towards clear actions that the government must take,” she told HuffPost UK.“The latest evidence suggests that Black, Asian and minority ethnic people are still disproportionately impacted by the virus but the government is still not doing enough and must instigate an action plan immediately.”A report in April by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) revealed that a third of coronavirus patients were Black or Asian, despite those groups making up only 13% of the UK population.Related... How Racism And Inequality Have Left Minorities Most At Risk From Covid-19 Further analysis by Public Health England (PHE) in June confirmed that the ethnic minority population was more likely to contract the virus than others. After the initial PHE report was slammed for failing to publish any recommendations to address the increased risk, equalities minister Kemi Badenoch was handed the responsibility of examining “what further could be done”. Following public pressure, a subsequent PHE report was then published containing a series of recommendations including comprehensive ethnicity data collection – including on death certificates – and the involvement of BAME communities in research to help better understand cultural, structural, economic, religious and commercial factors behind Covid-19.The government said that it “continues” to take action on tackling the disparities.A spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “The government continues to take action to address the disparities that exist across society, including implementing the recommendations from reviews that we have agreed to take forward.“The minister for equalities will provide her first quarterly update in the coming weeks, outlining the specific work that has been done to advance the recommendations within the PHE review.”The government did not confirm a date for the update when asked.Advisory group Independent Sage also published a report in July outlining recommendations.Member Dr Zubaida Haque, who is also the former interim director of race equality think tank Runnymede Trust, said the government “must take” specific actions made in the report to prevent further deaths in BAME communities.They include a tailored find, test, trace, isolate, support (FTTIS) programme, improved statutory sick pay and the removal of barriers for migrants accessing essential benefits.“We have known from the outset that this pandemic does not affect all groups equally, and that Black and ethnic minority communities are disproportionately vulnerable to Covid-19,” Haque told HuffPost UK.“And yet, there is little evidence that the government has taken measures to reduce the risk – and importantly reduce the number of deaths of people from Black and Asian backgrounds.“The only thing we see is a government prioritising politics before lives, shifting the blame for the spike in Covid-19 cases to the public, and doing very little to prevent further deaths in this pandemic.”Research grants of £4.3m have been given out by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body of the government, to better understand the reasons behind the disproportionate outcomes. However, while other ethnicities are represented among the researchers awarded with the funding, not one of the academics leading the projects is Black. Research published in May showed that Black people were more than four times more likely to die of Covid-19 than their white counterparts – the largest disparity of any ethnic minority.HuffPost UK has asked UKRI why this is the case.The government spokesperson also said “significant effort” has been made to ensure that public health messaging reaches everyone (including those who speak little or no English) and national campaigns have been translated into several languages by local authorities.But members of the public have suggested that this has not been happening. For example, doctors have been forced to translate coronavirus guidance to stop minority lives being endangered.The government also said it had worked closely with social influencers, religious leaders, and partnered with key community groups and organisations to ensure effective messaging, while conducting “targeted partnership” advertising with BAME media titles.Following the prime minister’s announcement of new Covid restrictions on Tuesday, a number of MPs raised concerns in parliament about the BAME population’s safety at this time.Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham, Munira Wilson, asked: “Could he [Boris Johnson] tell the house how he thinks shutting pubs an hour earlier will address this worrying trend? And what action has his government taken to tackle the disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities since PHE published its report in June?”.Boris Johnson responded by saying the government is offering more testing for frontline staff, many of whom are BAME, and health messages are being circulated more widely.In the PM's statement today, I raised the alarming number of #Covid_19 cases we are seeing in the Asian population. There's been precious little action from the Govt since these issues were brought to the forefront in June. Watch below
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Two Brits Killed In 30ft Fall As They Took Pictures On Spanish Holiday, Inquest Hears
Two friends died after losing their balance while embracing near a seafront wall and falling 30ft on to the beach below, an inquest heard.Daniel Mee, 25, and Jayden Dolman, 20, were on holiday in Alicante, Spain, with friend Lewis Higgins when the tragedy occurred on July 3 2019.An inquest in Taunton heard the men had walked from their villa to the beaches and had been “larking about” taking photographs when they fell over a railing at 7.15pm.Mee was pronounced dead at the scene while Dolman was airlifted to Alicante General Hospital, where he later died.Tony Williams, senior coroner for Somerset, read parts of a magistrates’ document prepared in Spain at the inquest on Tuesday.It included a statement from Higgins, who was taken to hospital himself for a severe anxiety attack after witnessing the incident.“He said he and his friends Jayden and Daniel were walking from the villa to the nearest beach,” Williams read.“They started to walk from one place to the other, walking from beach to beach.“His two friends were walking in front of him. During the evening, they were taking pictures while they were walking.“Daniel embraced Jayden. He saw them both close to the railings. Then they fell.“They didn’t jump over the railings at any time. He believes that they were embracing and lost their balance.”Higgins told Spanish authorities that the friends had been drinking during the day.A civil guard, who was off-duty at the time, saw the three friends walking near Punta Prima beach, which is in Torrevieja.“They were stopping to take photographs on the edge of the cliff,” Williams read.“They were lively, shouting and laughing.”The off-duty civil guard walked down to the beach and looked up towards the promenade the men had been walking down.“He saw two of the three people falling from the promenade,” Williams read.“He saw them land. He immediately called emergency services.”The inquest was only into the death of Mee, as the body of Dolman was not repatriated to the United Kingdom.It heard toxicology tests found the amount of alcohol in Mee’s blood was 215mg per 100ml of blood. The legal drink-drive limit is 80mg.Mee’s cause of death was a head injury, Williams said.He reached a conclusion of accidental death for Mee, who was a plumber from Bridgwater.“All three of them have had a few drinks, they are on holiday, they are enjoying themselves, they are walking along the promenade,” Williams said.“Daniel and Jayden are hugging close to the railings and during that, they have lost balance, they have gone over the railings and unfortunately fallen over where there is a steep drop of nine metres on the other side.“Unfortunately, they have sustained injuries that have proved fatal.”Speaking after the deaths, a spokesperson for Bridgwater and Taunton College – which both Mee and Dolman attended – described them as “talented students who will be sorely missed”.Related... Kevin Clarke: London Mural Unveiled Commemorating Black Man Who Died In Police Custody Caroline Flack's Death Ruled As Suicide As Inquest Reaches Conclusion Inquest Into The Death Of Nóra Quoirin To Begin In August
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From top to bottom, rugby union is now staring into the abyss | Robert Kitson
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