UK coronavirus live: equality watchdog to launch inquiry into racism and Covid-19

News updates: EHRC will look into ‘long-standing, structural race inequality’

8.05am BST

Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway has given a really moving update on the health of her husband Derek Draper on the show this morning.

Draper has been in hospital for 10 weeks and has been put into a coma after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

‘I’m just so grateful he is still here.’

Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper has been fighting for his life against coronavirus for nearly 10 weeks.

She talks to Ben and Ranvir about his situation.

We’re sending all of our love and support❤️ pic.twitter.com/VmdrDBhRG3

He’s still with us, he has fought the most extraordinary battle and I hate the idea of that but it is a battle.

The fact that he’s still here and holding on, I’m so grateful that he is still here.

7.44am BST

The UK’s equality watchdog is launching an inquiry into “long-standing, structural race inequality”, which has been thrown into stark relief by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said it would carry out in-depth analysis and develop evidence-based recommendations for urgent action to tackle entrenched racial inequalities in specific areas.

COVID19 has exposed the major health inequalities that exist in our society.

Pleased that the Equality and Human Rights Commission have acted on my call to launch an investigation into the disproportionate impact of COVID19. https://t.co/9RZSMwXQVQ

Earlier today, the government set out the Terms of Reference for the next part of the @PHE_uk review into into disparities in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19.

This work will be led by @KemiBadenoch

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