Black people and other people of colour make up 83% of reported COVID-19 cases in Toronto
2020-07-30 from cbc.ca
Black people and other people of colour make up 83 per cent of reported COVID-19 cases while only making up half of Toronto's population, according to the latest data from the city.
Dr. Eileen de Villa, along with Toronto Mayor John Tory, and other officials, presented new findings and data trends on Thursday afternoon that show racialized and lower income communities in the city are disproportionately affected by the novel coronavirus.
"Unfortunately, [COVID-19] has had a greater impact on those in our community who face greater health inequities," said de Villa, who is the city's medical officer of health.
De Villa said the data shows that Black people account for 21 per cent of reported cases in the city, while making up only nine per cent of the overall population.
Similarly, Arab, Middle Eastern and West Asian people represent 11 per cent of the city's COVID-19 cases, while only making up 4 per cent of the total population, de Villa said.
The data also shows that East Asian and white people are under represented compared to the size of those populations, de Villa said.
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