June 12, 2020 / 1:51 AM / a month ago

Report says UK BAME groups must get targeted health advice in second COVID-19 wave - Sky

A social distancing sign is seen in Oxford Street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

(Reuters) - An unpublished British government report said that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups in Britain should be given targeted health advice in the event of a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, Sky News reported late on Thursday.

Earlier this month, a Public Health England (PHE) report revealed that black and Asian people in England are up to 50% more likely to die after being infected with COVID-19.

The report examined disparities in how the disease affected people, showing there was a significantly disproportionate effect on ethnic minorities.

The portion recommending that BAME groups be given targeted health advice was excluded from the report earlier this month as the government was wary of releasing the findings due to anti-racism protests across the world, Sky News reported bit.ly/30zgypF.

Protesters have swept across many parts of the world over recent weeks following the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody on May 25 in the United States.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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