Risk of dying from Covid-19 is higher for Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs

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Risk of dying from Covid-19 is higher for Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs

The risk of dying from Covid-19 is higher among those identifying as Muslims, Jewish, Hindu and Sikh than other religious groups, according to new analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The highest mortality rate of deaths involving Covid-19 were in the Muslim religious group, with 198.9 deaths per 100,000 males and 98.2 deaths per 100,000 females.

By contrast, those with “no religion” – based on responses in the 2011 Census – had the lowest rate of death involving Covid-19, with 80.7 deaths per 100,000 males and 47.9 deaths per 100,000 females.

The figures, which are for England and Wales, are based on deaths that occurred between March 2 to May 15 and which were registered by May 29.

The ONS figures also suggest that those who identified as Jewish at the time of the 2011 Census showed an increased risk of a death involving Covid-19 compared with the Christian population.

Jewish males had a mortality rate of 187.9 deaths per 100,000, which was roughly twice the risk of Christian males (92.6 deaths per 100,000).

For Jewish females, the rate was 94.3 deaths per 100,000, compared with 54.6 deaths per 100,000 for Christian females.

Responding to the findings, ONS head of life events Nick Stripe said: “For the most part the elevated risk of certain religious groups is explained by geographical, socio-economic and demographic factors and increased risks associated with ethnicity.

“However, after adjusting for the above, Jewish males are at twice the risk of Christian males, and Jewish women are also at higher risk. Additional data and analyses are required to understand this excess risk.”

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