A COVID-19 awareness video message from British Asian celebrities to the Asian Community
London — A group of British-Asian celebrities has created a health advice video targeting the Asian community.
The urgent video message was made following reports of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
The video features Nitin Ganatra, Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE, Meera Syal CBE, Ameet Chana, Adil Ray OBE, Saira Khan, Shivani Ghai, Naughty Boy, Abdullah Afzal, Ranvir Singh, Gurinder Chadha OBE, Jassa Alhuwalia, Shahid Afridi, Nina Wadia, Anoushka Shankar, Bhavna Limbachia, Shin and Anita Rani, Eastern eye writes.
“We all felt that we had to do something during these unprecedented times. It is evident that some of the advice and messages are not getting to some communities when they need it most,” said Adil Ray, actor & broadcaster and one of the organisers of the video.
“We hope that we can make even just a small difference.”
Future videos will also include Konnie Huq, Mehwish Hayat, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Krupa Pattani, Shobu Kapoor, Sonali Shah, Wasim Akram, Wasim Khan MBE, Adil Rashid, Archie Panjabi, Parminder Nagra, Nikki Bedi, Nikesh Shukla, Satnam Rana, Nitin Sawhney CBE, Lisa Aziz and Channi Singh
More than 16% of people who had tested positive for coronavirus when they died were from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, new data shows.
On Monday, NHS England released data showing the ethnic breakdown of people who have died with coronavirus for the first time.
The figures, using data up to 5pm on April 17, reveal that of 13,918 patients in hospitals in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 at time of death, 73.6% were of white ethnicity, 16.2% were of BAME ethnicity and 0.7% had mixed ethnicity.