Black and Asian people in England more likely to die from COVID-19, says report

first_img“We will put action in place as soon as we can. We won’t wait for a report,” Hancock said.Doctors, politicians and footballers have been among those vocal in expressing concern about the unexplained higher mortalities in ethnic minorities.The report said that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity had approximately twice the risk of death of people who were white British.Those of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani or other Asian ethnicity, as well as those of Caribbean or other Black ethnicity, had between a 10 to 50% higher risk of death than those in the white British group, PHE said. The findings echo a previous study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released last month.The opposition Labor party called for swift action.”Families are living in fear. There must be no more delay. The government must take urgent action to protect at-risk groups,” lawmaker David Lammy said.Britain’s testing chief John Newton said although Tuesday’s report showed worse outcomes for minority groups, it may not be directly caused by their ethnicity, but related to their job.The report was published a day before planned protests in London about the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.Topics : Black and Asian people in England are up to 50% more likely to die after becoming infected with COVID-19, an official study said on Tuesday, putting pressure on the government to outline plans to protect the most at-risk communities.While the report by Public Health England (PHE) reinforced previous studies which indicated ethnic minority groups were more at risk from the virus, it was not accompanied by specific government advice for those people.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that equalities minister Kemi Badenoch would look at the issue further.last_img read more

Pieters sinks Magpies

first_imgStoke boosted their hopes of a top-10 finish and increased the pressure on Alan Pardew with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the Britannia Stadium. The Potters have never finished in the top 10 in the Barclays Premier League before but are now only three points behind Newcastle in ninth and four points short of their record tally of 47 points. They needed a stroke of good fortune to seal the win, though, with Erik Pieters’ 42nd-minute strike certainly intended as a cross. Press Association Steven Nzonzi tried his luck at the other end in the 26th minute with a shot from the edge of the box that was deflected over the bar by Fabricio Coloccini. Peter Odemwingie had a similar opening soon after when he was well found by Arnautovic but he miscued his shot horribly. Then in the 42nd minute Stoke made the breakthrough, Pieters floating his cross just beyond the despairing reach of Krul. It was undoubtedly tough on Newcastle, who tried to respond before the break through Chei ck Tiote but his fierce long-ranger was well held by Asmir Begovic. Like the first half, the first chance of the second period was a Crouch header from Arnautovic’s cross, but this time the striker could not quite get over the top of the ball. And Crouch threatened again in the 61st minute, this time with a header from Geoff Cameron’s deep cross, but Krul was behind it. Shawcross showed his value at the other end with a block from Mike Williamson’s goal-bound shot, leaving the Newcastle defender with head in hands. Charlie Adam entered the fray as a 66th-minute replacement for Ireland and wearing a mask to protect his nose, which he broke in four places in training this week. The Scot is due to have an operation on Monday but did not want to miss the game. And he almost made the points safe when he ran onto Arnautovic’s clever pass but pulled his shot past the far post. Begovic had been largely untroubled in the second half but Vurnon Anita spurned a great chance to equalise five minutes from time when he headed Ameobi’s cross over an empty goal. Boos from the travelling fans greeted the final whistle, with a ‘Pardew Out’ banner displayed. Newcastle have taken just 13 points from 16 games since beating nine-man Stoke at St James’ Park on Boxing Day. It was the Dutch full-back’s first goal for Stoke and his first in any competition since he played for FC Utrecht six years ago. Newcastle have now lost four successive games, conceding 12 goals and scoring none, and there were calls for Pardew’s head from the sizeable travelling support. The visitors were boosted by the return of goalkeeper Tim Krul from injury while Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross became the first player to make 200 Premier League appearances for the club. The hosts, watched by their biggest crowd of the season, have lost just twice at the Britannia Stadium in the league all campaign and they should have taken the lead in the 10th minute. The dangerous Marko Arnautovic swung over a perfect cross but leading scorer Peter Crouch headed against a post from five yards. Two minutes later it was Newcastle’s turn to miss a golden chance as Shola Amoebi’s flick found Dan Gosling in front of goal six yards out but he could only slice the ball over the bar. Most of the pressure was coming from Stoke but Ameobi and his strike partner Papiss Cisse were causing problems for the hosts. The latter wanted a penalty after going down under a clumsy challenge from Geoff Cameron but referee Mike Jones was unmoved. last_img read more

Dick Advocaat believes Sunderland will start picking up Premier League points

first_imgDick Advocaat is convinced the points will come if Sunderland play the way they did during their defeat to Tottenham. Press Association The Black Cats slipped back to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table as a result of their 1-0 reverse at the hands of Spurs, who snatched the points at the Stadium of Light on Sunday through Ryan Mason’s 82nd-minute winner. But having watched a team bolstered by the additions of late transfer window additions Fabio Borini and Ola Toivonen take the game to the visitors for much of the contest, Advocaat walked away feeling positive. The 67-year-old Dutchman said: “I said to the players, ‘If the fans are proud of you when you lose a game, but you give everything, it can only be better’. “And believe me, if we play the way we played today and give everything, the points will come because that’s football. “The way we played, I have not seen many games from us that we have played this way, this system and attacking-wise and the spirit in the team, the passing – that’s a little bit the way I like, and now we need a few more goals at the right time.” Sunderland were desperately unfortunate not to take a 26th-minute lead after Jermain Defoe beat keeper Hugo Lloris with a right-footed shot, only to see the ball come back off the foot of the post. The former Spurs striker was appealing in vain for a penalty before the break after being tugged back by defender Toby Alderweireld a split-second before he tested Lloris with a left-foot strike. Sunderland’s luck deserted them once again five minutes from time when substitute Jack Rodwell rattled the crossbar with Lloris beaten. Advocaat said: “It was maybe a penalty with Defoe when he pulls his arm – he can give it, he cannot give it – but sometimes you need a little bit of luck for a referee to give that. “But I have some problems with 1-0 because our team worked so hard to get a result and one point would have been a really good result against a side as good as Spurs.” Mason had scored what proved to be the decisive goal, after t he visitors gradually worked their way into the game with substitutes Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela making significant impacts as their hosts tired. Midfielder Dele Alli, who was one of those to make way, admitted a goal which secured a first league win of the campaign came as a relief. He told Spurs TV: “It was massive for us for our confidence. We have been playing really well in all the other games, but haven’t found that killer goal to get the winner, and we’re happy to do that. “We know what we can do and we know what we are capable of, and it was just a case of getting that goal. “We knew if we kept a clean sheet and kept a solid back four and defended well that the goal would come eventually, and I’m happy it did. “Obviously everyone was on their seats waiting for it to come and it was a case of waiting for that moment for the ball to go through and the player to finish it, and thankfully Ryan Mason did it today.” last_img read more

Beware of dangerous Jaguars, Hope warns

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Newly appointed Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Kyle Hope says last weekend’s comprehensive win in the Regional four-day championship has lifted the confidence levels of his side but has warned them to beware of the dangerous Guyana Jaguars whom they clash with starting here today.Red Force trounced a hapless Windward Islands Volcanoes by 172 runs to break a run of poor form and haul themselves off the bottom of the standings into fourth spot.But Hope, who led Red Force for the first time last weekend, said he was under no illusions about the size of the task coming up against Jaguars.“The team is in high spirits after the win against the Windward Islands Volcanoes, but we understand that the Guyana Jaguars will be a completely different challenge,” the Barbadian pointed out.He added: “I am expecting another competitive game. Guyana are currently on a high and have been playing good cricket in the Four-Day format for quite some time.“However, a few of our guys have been coming into form with the bat and ball and once we execute on the field we will give ourselves the best chance of winning.”Not only did Hope make a winning start to his captaincy tenure but the victory also coincided with the right-hander’s maiden first class hundred.The innings – an unbeaten 105 in the second innings – helped Red Force set Volcanoes a massive 375 to win.Hope said the handsome victory spoke volumes about how the squad had embraced him as the new captain.“The team has been responding well to me being named skipper. I think the game against the Windward Islands is a good indication of the team’s response to my elevation as captain as well as the unity of our squad,” he noted.“Coming from the position we were in at the beginning of that game and to pull off such a victory speaks well for our dressing room.“After not having the best first half to the season, getting a win under our belt was a great confidence-booster. All praises must go to the team.”Two-time defending champions Jaguars, who trounced Jamaica Scorpions in Kingston, top the standings with 84.8 points with Scorpions second on 73 points.Barbados Pride’s win over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Bridgetown left them third on 68 points with Red Force fourth on 53.6 points.last_img read more

Breaking down the Washington Nationals: NL East champs must overcome injuries

first_imgDusty Baker has been to the postseason seven times in 21 years as a manager. He’s looking for his first championship in D.C., the fourth and likely final stop of his career.Baker’s behind-the-scenes work might be the biggest difference in a team that played down to an 83-79 record under Matt Williams last season.On the field, veteran second baseman Daniel Murphy – who carried the Mets past the Dodgers in last year’s National League Division Series – is an MVP candidate. Unheralded right-hander Tanner Roark has become a viable No. 2 starter. Mark Melancon was a necessary midseason upgrade over Jonathan Papelbon as the closer. The only person standing between speedy infielder Trea Turner and the NL Rookie of the Year award plays shortstop for the Dodgers.For all that’s gone right under Baker, the Nationals’ recent streak of bad luck arrives at a bad time. Harper is D.C.’s first superstar baseball player since the 1960s; the onus will fall on him in the eyes of many. But because they balance power and speed as well as any club, the Nationals can be creative. First base coach Davey Lopes, the former Dodger, teaches base stealing as well as anyone.HEALTH CHECKRamos and Strasburg are out. Werth is day-to-day. Harper seems determined to play through everything, and Murphy missed time last week with a strained left buttocks.WHO COULD BE THEIR X-FACTOR?The ageless Jayson Werth has been a stable lineup presence when healthy, hitting 21 home runs in 143 games. He has 53 games of postseason experience in a 14-year career, including two trips to the World Series with Philadelphia. If you believe that experience matters, Werth is the Nationals’ answer to Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley.NEWCOMERS TO WATCHTurner has been electrifying at the plate (.342/.367/.569), on the bases (32/38 SB) and in the field (he’s better at second base than in center).With Ramos out, keep an eye on rookie catcher Pedro Severino, who probably won’t start but has shown some pop in his bat. Second-year hurler Joe Ross, 23, is a candidate to start Game 4. He allowed three runs in three September starts.MAN AT THE WHEELThe postseason demands a different touch compared to the regular season, and Baker’s track record makes you wonder how well he grasps this nuance. Over 21 years, he’s won 53 percent of his regular-season games. In seven trips to the playoffs, he is 19-26.Baker has crossed paths with just about everyone in his lifetime. Here’s a fun fact: In 2006, he managed a Chicago Cubs team featuring Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill and special advisor Greg Maddux. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos (knee surgery) was ruled out for the year when he tore his ACL in September. The lineup will miss his .307 batting average; Washington’s pitching staff might miss Ramos more.Another All-Star, pitcher Stephen Strasburg (elbow), will miss at least the first round. Outfielder Jayson Werth recently battled a back injury, while slumping superstar Bryce Harper can’t escape questions about his right shoulder and left thumb. Batting .243, Harper has fallen off at the plate and in the field coming off an MVP season last year.Even if their roster isn’t as deep as it was a month ago, the Nationals have enough weapons to be dangerous in a short series. They ranked fourth in MLB with a .783 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) against left-handed pitchers, and the Dodgers likely will ask lefties to start four of the five games if the series goes the distance.HOW WILL THEY SCORE?One Dodgers pitcher called losing Ramos a “monumental” blow to the Nationals’ lineup; another called it “huge.” The bottom line: Murphy and Turner will need some help producing runs.last_img read more