Biden joins growing call for release of racial data on virus

DETROIT (AP) – Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is joining a growing call for the release of comprehensive racial data amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He says the virus has put a spotlight on inequity and the impact of “structural racism” on communities of color.

He made the comments in a Medium post Thursday. An analysis published Wednesday by The Associated Press found that black Americans are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis found that of the 3,300 COVID-19 victims whose demographic data was shared by officials, about 42% were black.

Black people account for roughly 21% of the total population in the areas covered by the analysis.

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