This story has become all too well known in the COVID 19 pandemic: African Americans bear the main burden of coronavirus deaths.
In one of the most recent cases, all eight people killed by the virus in Richmond, Virginia are African American, APM.org reported on April 15.
Although African Americans make up 48 percent of the population of Richmond, they represent 62 percent of the 162 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city, said Danny Avula, director of the health districts of Richmond and Henrico.
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In Virginia, blacks make up 20 percent of the state's population, but a much higher percentage of coronavirus victims.
"In terms of deaths, with 59 deaths among African Americans and with the available race and ethnicity data from 168 of our 195 total, this means that 35 percent of the deaths are African American," said Norman Oliver, State Health Commission.