Almost two-thirds of people who have died of Covid-19 in the UK were disabled, new figures suggest, with disabled women more than 11 times more likely to die than their peers. Disabled people’s organisations are now calling for a full inquiry.
Ginny Butcher, a 22-year-old wheelchair user, needs two personal assistants with her at all times. She is at high-risk of coronavirus and is still shielding at home.
She has a ventilated tracheotomy and says she’s been “extremely anxious” during lockdown because there has been “zero guidance” on what to do if any of her assistants became ill or had to isolate.
She points to the impact of the Coronavirus Act – the emergency legislation the government passed at the beginning of lockdown – which took