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Business Insider: Alarmingly disproportionate number of black Americans are dying from the COVID-19

An alarmingly disproportionate number of black Americans are dying from the coronavirus, more and more research shows

Aylin Woodward and Andy Kiersz May 6, 2020, 2:58 PM

More and more evidence is revealing the disproportionate toll COVID-19 is taking on black Americans.

A new report published Tuesday by researchers at amfAR, a non-profit focused on AIDS research, found that US counties in which at least a 13% of the population is black account for 58% of COVID-19 deaths and 52% of cases nationwide.

"Crisis can exacerbate existing inequalities, which is demonstrated in higher rates of hospitalization and death among certain populations in many countries," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

Racial disparities in some state-level data are even more stark. In Georgia, 83% of coronavirus cases requiring hospitalization were black patients, though only 32% of the state's population is black. In Richmond, Virginia, all but one of the people who died of COVID-19  were black as of last Wednesday.

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