Black and Minority Ethnic people make up 14.5% of the population in England but have had 17% of all Covid-19 deaths. However, some groups, are particularly affected. Black Caribbeans are likely to die at twice rate of their population share. Even more striking, Pakistanis are dying at three times the rate of their population share.
Two weeks ago, Miles Briggs and Anas Sarwar called for an urgent investigation, expecting some data they might use to batter the SNP administration with. They were to be disappointed again. BAME deaths from Covid-19 only half that of peely-wally Jocks!
Yesterday, the First Minister was able to announce:
Today, we have published additional information from Public Health Scotland, which includes preliminary analysis—I stress that it is
preliminary—of Covid-19 cases among minority ethnic communities. Although the data is very limited, and additional analysis is being
undertaken, particularly due to findings in England and Wales, the current analysis in Scotland appears to show that there is not a higher level of
Covid-19 cases than would be expected, given the size of our black, Asian and minority ethnic population.
As always, the FM was being mature.
Only 4% of the Scottish population is recorded as one of the non-White ethnic minority groups. 98% of the deaths are registered as White so, crudely and not-too-reliably at this stage, the mortality rate among non-White groups is lower at only 2% [p34].