A REVIEW into how the BAME community has been affected by Covid-19 has been delayed following the riots taking place in the US over George Floyd's death.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock commissioned the probe – carried out by Public Health England – after figures showed that Britain's ethnic minorities suffered a higher proportion of coronavirus deaths.
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The review was due for release "by the end of May", but government sources said it would be delayed until Wednesday as it was not ready for publishing.
However, Sky News reports it has been delayed further because of the current situation in America.
Sources said it would be a "bad combination" if the probe was released amid global outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Responding to the further delay, shadow equality secretary Marsha De Cordova said: "It is unacceptable that this review should be delayed without a given date for its publication. BAME communities need answers.
"If anything, recent events make the release of this report all the more urgent.
"If the government is serious about tackling racial injustice, they should not be shying away from understanding into why these injustices exist."
The review is being led by Professor Kevin Fenton, PHE public health director for London, who said: "Detailed and careful work is being done so that we can better understand this and explore the possible reasons for any disparities.
"Increasing evidence and concern around the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black and minority ethnic groups highlights an important focus of this review.
"PHE is rapidly building robust data and undertaking detailed analysis to develop our understanding of the impact of this novel coronavirus on different groups which can inform actions to mitigate the risks it presents."
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said it was "extremely concerned" about the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME health and care workers.
Violent protests have spread across the US after shocking video footage showed police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck after his arrest.
The former truck driver, 46, died from "asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to findings from an independent autopsy.
Chauvin was arrested and is being kept at Oak Park Heights state prison, the highest custody level in the Minnesota corrections system.
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