2020-06-29 14:31:17 UTC
Listening to the World at One (Radio 4 - 29 6 2020) I heard a distinctly surreal interview with a someone (I think it was a Leicester councillor) concerning Leicester's increase in coronavirus cases .
Because Leicester has a very large Asian population (with a greater susceptibility to the virus than the white UK population) drawn from the subcontinent and that three days before the Telegraph had carried a story that half of newly introduced coronavirus cases have been from Pakistan*, one might have reasonably expected expected the interview to have considered these as likely reasons for the spike in infections in Leicester. Not a mention of of either was heard.
Even odder was a passage in the interview when the interviewer mentioned that other areas also had similar infection levels toe Leicester. The areas mentioned were place such as Rochdale, Barnsley and Bradford which all have very large Asian populations from the subcontinent. Neither interviewer or interviewee drew the obvious conclusion that all of these places had a common denominator, namely, they all had large populations of Asians from the subcontinent and that the high level of coronavirus infections could plausibly be ascribed to travel between the UK and the subcontinent . RH
*Exclusive: Half of UK’s imported Covid-19 infections are from Pakistan