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Covid-19: BAME NHS Staff - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:28 am on 19th May 2020.

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Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 11:28 am, 19th May 2020

The noble Baroness put this very well. We are deeply concerned about genetic differences between groups. This virus is like malaria and other viruses in that it affects different ethnic groups differently. We are concerned about behavioural issues such as diet and environmental issues such as urban versus rural living arrangements. We have already invited health trusts to put in place arrangements to protect our BAME NHS workers. We are also inviting other academic studies, of which there is a large number, to look at the various concerns about how the virus has hit different groups. We will be commissioning a very large amount of medical research into this important area.