Sikh Federation UK says in last three weeks over 60% of all Sikh deaths are linked to COVID-19
London, April 24: Sikh Federation UK said its representatives presented latest data being collated from funeral directors that shows in the last three weeks over 60 per cent of all Sikh deaths are linked to COVID-19.
British Sikhs believe one of the reasons why elders in the Sikh community have been affected is in part due to known underlying health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. The extended family system with several generations living under the same roof has also proved a challenge in terms of effective self-isolation for those at greater risk from the virus.
Some speculation that economic deprivation rather than ethnicity may be a factor behind the death toll disparity has been dismissed by the British Sikh community.
“Deprivation is clearly not relevant for the hard-working and affluent Sikh community,” said Sikh Federation UK, calling for targeted and specific timely advice for the most vulnerable within minority communities.