Although the Public Health England report published this week says the reasons for these health inequalities is complex, it also says infection is greater in urban areas and jobs in certain professions, such as nursing, caring and driving the public pose a higher risk.
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Weston Hospital was forced it to close to new admissions on May 25 after a spike in cases affecting staff and patients.
Gromico Joseph who is on the advisory committee of the Weston Association of Malayalees said his group was helping more than 80 families in Weston who were shielding or had a family member with Covid-19. Many of them are nurses at Weston Hospital or work in local care homes. He said: “We have around 20 volunteers who are helping people get essentials. We have had around 25 plus cases in our community.” Mr Joseph said he thought a vitamin D deficiency could make Malayalees more likely to develop Covid-19 and he would like tests made publicly available.