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Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL6588, tabled on 7 July 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have made, if any, of University College London's ongoing Covid-19 Social Study that suggests that levels of depression and anxiety have been higher amongst BAME communities during lockdown.

Answered on

22 July 2020

Monitoring and tracking the impact of COVID-19 on people's mental health is a key part of the overall national response to the pandemic. We are taking seriously the findings from the ongoing University College London study, and the Public Health England report on the impact of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We are working to understand the key drivers of the disparities identified and the relationships between the different risk factors. This includes working with the Race Disparity Unit to help protect our communities from the impact of COVID-19.