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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
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
Barnsley? Musht be shome mishtake.
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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
After Bin Laden's assassination, religious leaders in Pakistan have
resisted vaccination so the uptake of a Covid vaccine there may be
limited leading to Pakistan being a continuing source of the virus
after other countries have got control.
I was right. Barnsley was included in the list I heard on R4 World At One , viz
" According to Public Health England data, Bradford, Barnsley, Rochdale
and Oldham are the four areas after Leicester with the highest number of
It is thought some of the UK's most diverse towns and cities are
particularly vulnerable to flare-ups due to higher numbers of households
with multiple generations living under one roof.
Poverty, language barriers, higher levels of non-compliance with
lockdown measures and potential outbreaks in food processing plants and
factories are also believed to be contributing factors.
According to figures from the NHS and Public Health England, infections
have also risen in Medway, in Kent; the London boroughs of Hammersmith
and Fulham and Ealing, and Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway, in
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