Covid-19 mortality rate among Jewish men TWICE that of Christian males
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Covid-19 mortality rate among Jewish men TWICE that of Christian males

For Jewish women, the rate was 94.3 deaths per 100,000, compared with 54.6 deaths per 100,000 for Christian females

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Coronavirus

The community showed higher Covid-19 mortality rates than other groups, with Jewish men at twice the risk of Christian males, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

New analysis found that those who identified as Jewish in the 2011 Census showed an increased risk of a death involving Covid-19 compared with the Christian population.

Jewish males had a mortality rate of 187.9 deaths per 100,000, which was roughly twice the risk of Christian males (92.6 deaths per 100,000).

For Jewish women, the rate was 94.3 deaths per 100,000, compared with 54.6 deaths per 100,000 for Christian females.

The figures cover deaths that occurred in England and Wales between 2 March and 15 May.

The age-adjusted mortality rate for Muslim males in England and Wales during the first few months of the coronavirus outbreak was 198.9 deaths per 100,000 people, and for females 98.2 deaths per 100,000.

By contrast, those identifying with “no religion” – based on responses in the 2011 Census – had the lowest rate of death involving Covid-19, with 80.7 deaths per 100,000 males and 47.9 deaths per 100,000 females.

ONS head of life events Nick Stripe said: “For the most part the elevated risk of certain religious groups is explained by geographical, socio-economic and demographic factors and increased risks associated with ethnicity.

“However, after adjusting for the above, Jewish males are at twice the risk of Christian males, and Jewish women are also at higher risk. Additional data and analyses are required to understand this excess risk.”

The number of coronavirus-related fatalities jumped to 497 among UK Jews as of last Friday, up from 492 the previous week.

The latest figure, released on Tuesday afternoon, covers fatalities both in hospital and beyond, using data gathered from burial boards, regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network, as collated by the Board of Deputies.

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