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Black, Hispanic New Yorkers Are Dying at High Rates of Covid-19

The U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus released racial statistics for the first time on Wednesday.

Medical workers move the body of a deceased patient to an overflow morgue outside the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn on April 2. 

Medical workers move the body of a deceased patient to an overflow morgue outside the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn on April 2. 

Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

Black and Hispanic New Yorkers are dying of Covid-19 at a higher rate than white New Yorkers, a trend that's much more pronounced for black people living outside of New York City. 

New York released race-based data Wednesday amid mounting pressure for the government to give a better picture of how the virus is affecting minority communities throughout the U.S. When it comes to fatalities, Hispanic people in New York City made up 34% of the deaths while comprising 29% of the population and black people made up 28% of coronavirus deaths while being 22% of the population.