Government’s Quiet Confession: We Must Do More To Protect Disabled People From COVID

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.

The UK government appears to have bowed to months of pressure from disabled campaigners and allies, after quietly revealing that it is considering taking “further action” to protect disabled people from the pandemic.

It comes alongside an admission that disabled people have been “disproportionately impacted” by COVID-19, alongside older people and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.

It appears to be the first admission from the UK government that disabled people – rather than those with certain underlying health conditions – have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and that it needs to do more to protect them.

 

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