Disparities in the impact of Covid-19 have been highlighted in a report by Public Health England.
It reveals people who are black, Asian or ethnic minority are at greater risk. Age and being male were also identified as contributing risk factors.
Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing in Downing Street following the release of the delayed report, health secretary Matt Hancock said “much more work” needed to be done to understand “what’s driving these disparities”.
It comes as protests over racial injustice continue in the US and beyond following the death of George Floyd. A Black Lives Matter march is due to take place in Bristol on Sunday.
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Here are some of the latest news and updates from across the city:
- Bristolians are invited to take part in a worldwide kneel in solidarity with those battling racial injustices.
- New figures released by Trussell Trust Foodbanks highlight the extent to which families are struggling during the coronavirus crisis.
- The St Paul’s Carnival team has announced a new programme of events for 2020.
- The recently-launched Bristol Arts Channel has put together a selection of highlights to enjoy over the coming days.
Bristolians are invited to take part in a worldwide kneel in solidarity with those battling racial injustices.
The Black Lives Matter peaceful protest will take at 12pm on Friday, on College Green and in homes across the city via an online link.
It follows the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Find out more via www.facebook.com/events/258795108804982/.
New figures released by Trussell Trust Foodbanks highlight the extent to which families are struggling during the coronavirus crisis.
Across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, the charity provided 5,228 emergency food parcels to people in April 2020, of which 2,306 were children.
The figures represent a 258 per cent increase compared to the same period last year and a 300 per cent rise in parcels given to children. They don’t include the work of independent food banks across the city.
The charity believes the increase in Bristol is due to people struggling with low income, from benefits or loss of work due to coronavirus, continued issues with benefit payments, issues with Universal Credit, insecure work and a lack or reduction of available local government support
Matt Dobson, manager of North Bristol Foodbank said: “We’ve been making big changes to our work to ensure we can continue to offer people who can’t afford essentials the emergency help that is needed as safely as possible. But ultimately, no one in Bristol and South Gloucestershire should need to use a food bank. 5,228 emergency food parcels to local people is 5,228 emergency food parcels too many. This isn’t right and cannot continue.
“Our vital work in the community has only been possible in the last few months because of the incredible generosity shown by local people in donating food, time and funds. To everyone that has donated – thank you.”
The food bank relies on the support of people across the city. The charity is appealing to anyone interested in supporting its work to either consider donating food or funds. Find out how you can support via www.northbristol.foodbank.org.uk/.
The St Paul’s Carnival team has announced a new programme of events for 2020.
Spirit Up! United at Home aims to ensure the history, cultural significance and vibrancy of the event are not lost at a time when they are needed more than ever.
Drumming workshops, spoken word, performances and sets from carnival DJs will all be part of the programme, which runs from June 20, culminating on July 4, which would have been carnival day.
Organisers are inviting people of Bristol to “join in, unite at home and celebrate carnival with us”. The 2020 carnival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The online programme will be supporting artists who have lost work since the lockdown. Find out more information via www.stpaulscarnival.net/carnival2020.
Here’s a round up of some of the latest stories on Bristol24/7:
- The sale of the council’s loss-making energy company has been confirmed.
- Bristol Dry Gin has issued another apology in the wake of its widely condemned social media post.
- The fight for women’s rights and gender parity in politics.
- Mothership Writers is running an online series of courses for new mums in Bristol.
The recently-launched Bristol Arts Channel has put together a selection of highlights to enjoy over the coming days.
From Tea and Biscuits with Wise Children to live-streamed talks and Bristol Old Vic’s production of A Monster Calls, plus many more, there’s something for everyone. Find out more via www.bristolartschannel.com/.
Bristol City Council says it is making “reasonable adjustments” to its home to school travel service.
It is asking if, where possible, family members can transport or accompany children who usually make the journey with an escort provided by the council.
The council says this will help reduce the risks to children, families and staff through close contact, following the government’s guidance on social distancing.
It says it will continue to work with schools to review the service. Full information and contact details are available via www.bristol.gov.uk/web/bristol-local-offer/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know.
The team behind Redcliffe Emergency Foodbank have thanked the public and volunteers for their support.
The emergency facility has been provided vital supplies to households that are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
All eyes were on the skies above Bristol on Tuesday evening as two smiley faces appeared – made by a retired RAF pilot to bring some much-needed cheer to the city. Read the full story here.
Bristol’s buildings were lit in purple last night to show solidarity following the death of George Floyd.
City Hall and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery were both illuminated against the night sky in a show of unity in the battle against racial injustice.
Mayor Marvin Rees has urged people to join in the worldwide condemnation of George Floyd’s tragic death by standing against inequality when they see it.
Good morning and welcome to today’s live blog. Here are some of the latest developments:
- Westonbirt Arboretum reopens to the public.
- First Bus has updated its app so that people can see not only the location of their next bus but also its available capacity.
- The delayed report into why black, Asian and minority ethnic groups have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus has been published by central Government.
Main photo: Lowie Trevena