UK plans local closings and people of Indian descent hardest hit by virus


The UK has so far reported 311,739 cases of coronavirus (File)


The British government said on Sunday that it plans to impose local closings in certain areas showing an increase in coronavirus infections, with the latest figures showing that people of Indian descent remain in the category of those hardest hit by the deadly virus among British ethnic minorities.

Interior Minister Priti Patel confirmed “correct” reports of the first such foreclosure in Leicester, a region in eastern England with a large population of Indian descent.

“We have already seen outbreaks across the country in just the past three or four weeks in particular. There will be support for Leicester,” said Patel.

“With the local pushes, it’s only fair that we have a localized solution in terms of infection control, social distancing, testing and many tools actually in the Public Health space in England that will come together to control the virus and stop the spread. we can overcome the infection, “she said.

Confirmation from Ms. Patel came as England saw an overall drop in the number of daily deaths and is preparing to lift its lock restrictions substantially from July 4, when bars, restaurants and cinemas start to open to the public amid Covid’s secure guidelines and hygienic conditions.

Meanwhile, the latest NHS England statistics have revealed that 763 people identifying with Indian heritage have died in the pandemic so far, according to data gathered until last Thursday.

This continues to reflect three percent of the total number of officially registered National Health Service (NHS) deaths from the coronavirus, first reported in April at the height of the pandemic, followed by those of Pakistani and Caribbean origin in as the second hardest hit ethnic group. groups at 2% each.

The UK government has examined the disparity in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic among the country’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups (BAME) and Public Health England (PHE) has said it is considering new measures necessary to cope with the disproportionate negative impact on certain ethnic groups.

As part of some targeted measures, new official guidelines were put in place earlier this week that require pregnant women from BAME backgrounds to be hospitalized quickly due to their increased risk of coronavirus.

“As Public Health England continues to assess and advise on the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on ethnic groups, I want to ensure that the NHS does everything we can to reach, reassure and support pregnant women and new moms most at risk, “said Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, head of midwifery for England.

All hospitals were also asked to conduct risk assessments for staff who are perceived to be at higher risk for coronaviruses, including those from BAME and with underlying health conditions.

So far, the UK has reported 311,739 cases of coronavirus and 43,598 deaths from the disease.

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