Black people hit hard by coronavirus in Los Angeles


Fang public health officials in Los Angeles say preliminary data there show African Americans dying from corona virus at higher rates than other racial groups NPR's Adrian Florido reports Los Angeles county health department released data on Tuesday that showed African Americans accounting for seventeen percent of LA's cove in nineteen deaths well I forget Americans make up only nine percent of the county's population the figures are preliminary officials don't yet have racial data for everyone the virus has killed still only black people were significantly over represented in the death figures Latinos were underrepresented while deaths among whites and Asians track more closely to their shares of the population nationally other counties and states have also reported data showing coronavirus disproportionately killing black Americans result experts believe of longstanding inequities in black people's access to economic opportunity and health

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