Rise in deaths in France amid virus epidemic sharpest among ethnic minorities

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A report released last week by France’s national statistics institute show that the year-on-year rise in country’s mortality rate during the height of the Covid-19 virus epidemic was proportionately more than twice as high among inhabitants born abroad, and notably those from sub-Saharan Africa and also Asia, than for the population born in France. While the data paints an incomplete picture, it convincingly illustrates, as seen in studies in other European countries and in the US, that among populations it has been ethnic minorities which have been the most at risk from the coronavirus.    

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At the height of the Covid-19 virus epidemic in France, during the months of March and April, the year-on-year increase in deaths was more than twice as high among those born abroad than those born in France, according to data released by the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE).