Responding to the ONS data on characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England for August 2020, Nick Ville, director at the NHS Confederation, said: “This data highlights the disproportionate impact the virus is having on people from minority ethnic backgrounds, and suggests there is much more work to do to protect them. This is among the reasons that the work of the NHS Race and Health Observatory will be so important.
“It is now also absolutely vital that the test and trace programme sees rapid improvement, and especially in terms of making sure those who are most at risk of infection have easy access to testing, to protect themselves and those around them.
“These figures are also a stark reminder of the importance of both self-isolating and social distancing, as only 28 per cent of individuals testing positive had symptoms. We all need to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of this virus.”