Chaand Nagpaul, the chair of the council of the British Medical Association, has criticised an official report published yesterday that confirmed that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups are dying disproportionately from Covid-19.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Nagpaul expressed concern that the report had not come up with any conclusions, recommendations or actions to urgently protect people in the most at-risk groups:
It’s just full of graphs and figures. It’s a statistics analysis; it isn’t a report or review that has come up with any actions or recommendations and therefore it hasn’t taken us further.
Professor John Newton, of Public Health England, told No 10’s daily briefing last night that more work was needed to understand the disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on people from BAME backgrounds. He urged people not to jump to conclusions from its report.
But Nagpaul said: “We don’t have the luxury of going out and discussing how to implement this report. What we need is some clear recommendations and actions and mitigations now, which really could be taking place.”
It’s shaping up to be another busy day. This is what’s coming up later:
11am Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick gives evidence at the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee.
12noon Boris Johnson faces Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Also at 12noon
• Belfast’s chief scientific officer and Sage member, Prof Ian Young, gives evidence to Northern Ireland Assembly’s health committee.
• Nurses protest outside Downing St.
12.30pm Coronavirus briefings from Scottish and Welsh governments.
2.30pm Dido Harding, who is in charge of the UK’s test and trace programme, and Paul Deighton, the head of the UK’s domestic PPE efforts, appear before the health and social care committee.
Also at 2.30pm Former chancellors Philip Hammond, George Osborne and Alastair Darling appear at Treasure committee
4pm Northern Ireland briefing.
5pm Downing St briefing.
Good morning and welcome to our UK live blog on the coronavirus pandemic.
Labour has sharpened its attack on the government’s handling of the crisis this morning after Keir Starmer said Boris Johnson must “get a grip” or No 10 would be directly responsible for a second spike in the infection rate.
In an interview with the Guardian, the Labour leader accused the prime minister of “winging it” over the easing of the lockdown and making an already “difficult situation 10 times worse”.
Starmer also questioned whether the timing of some decisions over the relaxation of the lockdown rules had been taken “to try to deflect attention away” from the Dominic Cummings affair. The easing of the lockdown, he said, was “an exit without a strategy”.
The two leaders will face each other for the first time in two weeks at prime minister’s questions from midday. We’ll bring you live coverage.