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Scottish Government Covid 19 Advisory Group minutes: 30 July 2020

Published: 7 Aug 2020
Date of meeting: 30 Jul 2020

A note of the twenty-eighth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on 30 July 2020.

7 Aug 2020
Scottish Government Covid 19 Advisory Group minutes: 30 July 2020

Items and actions

1. The group welcomed the co-chairs of the Expert Reference Group on Covid-19 and Ethnicity.

2. The group discussed available data on the health impact of covid-19 on minority ethnic groups, and the work underway to improve this. This will allow for more detailed analysis. The co-chair also outlined the systemic issues that face minority ethnic communities and noted the importance of integrating lessons learnt from the pandemic into a response to wider systemic issues.

3. Group members recognised the importance of translating messaging to these communities, including by adapting materials where necessary. Alongside this, the group also discussed concerns around communications and rhetoric around the increased proportion of new cases affecting minority ethnic groups at UK level.

4. The group discussed the operational aspects of the group, agreeing to meet on a fortnightly basis in August to enable group members to take annual leave. The chair recognised the invaluable contribution of group members since the start of the pandemic.