The Southend United football manager Sol Campbell has questioned if coronavirus was a man made “accident” designed to attack “certain blood types.”
Campbell who is the former Arsenal and Tottenham football player said on Twitter, that ONS figures say that black people are four times more likely to die from the virus.
He tweeted, “Was this virus a natural mistake or a designed mistake? I wonder does this virus deliberately attack a certain blood type?”
However, Campbell could well be on to something as, the British Medical Association (BMA) said that “genetic bioweapons to target certain ethnic groups is a possibility,” according to the Guardian in 2004.
Scientists warned in 2005, in the official view of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), there is “The potential to target a particular ethnic group with a biological agent is probably not far off.
“These scenarios are not the product of the ICRC’s imagination but have either occurred or been identified by countless independent and governmental experts,” said Jacques Forster, Vice President of the ICRC.
According to a new study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Black men and women are more likely to die from the coronavirus than white people.
ONS data found that ethnic minority groups are vulnerable even when age and health factors are taken into account.
Black women are 4.3 time more likely to die from the virus, and black men are 4.2 time more likely to die from a coronavirus related death.
Tim Elwell-Sutton, assistant director of strategic partnerships at the Health Foundation, said, “This is a complex issue and the exact reasons why black and minority ethnic groups are being disproportionately impacted by the virus are still unknown but existing social inequalities and structural discrimination in British society are likely to be playing a significant role.
“Today’s data shows some of the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage, as well as region and health status, but even after taking these things into account, black and minority ethnic groups are still at higher risk.
“Some black and minority ethnic groups are more likely to have existing health conditions compared to the white population and may therefore be more likely to experience worse symptoms if they become infected with the virus.
“Recent mortality data has shown that Covid-related deaths have been higher among those living in deprived areas where people from black and minority ethnic communities are more likely to live.”
Labour’s new shadow cabinet have called on the UK government to investigate why more than one third of patients dying in ICU wards are from BAME backgrounds.
The Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) account for 13% of the UK’s population, with 44% being doctors and 24% are nurses.
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