A Bradford charity has expressed concern over the future of ethnic minority communities following rising coronavirus cases in the city.

QED Foundation, which works to reduce poverty among people from ethnic minority backgrounds, is worried that local lockdowns will largely impact communities with a high number of BAME residents.

Recent coronavirus figures showed that Bradford, Rochdale and Barnsley have some of the highest infection rates in England with 45 or more cases per 100,000 people recorded in the last week.

QED Foundation chief executive Dr Mohammed Ali OBE said: “The coronavirus pandemic has already taken a heavy toll on ethnic minority communities, both in terms of fatalities and the economic fallout,

“With more local lockdowns likely in the near future, it is more important than ever that people from BAME backgrounds do everything they can to stay safe.

“We are appealing to them to continue to maintain social distancing measures and wash their hands regularly, particularly when first entering the house from outside. Even those people who have no symptoms could be carriers for the disease so everyone should wear masks in public to prevent them from passing it on to others.”

QED Foundation has been improving the social and economic position of disadvantaged communities in partnership with the public, private and voluntary sectors since 1990.