The initial review found BAME Britons were more likely to die than white people, but no recommendations were made.

An inquiry is being launched by the human rights watchdog to address racial inequalities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced it will carry out the inquiry after Public Health England (PHE) published a review into the disparities within ethnic minorities from COVID-19.

The initial review, commissioned by the government, left many with “widespread concerns” and “doesn’t go wider to address inequalities that exist”, the chairman of the EHRC said.