WASHINGTON

As the U.S. struggles with getting a hold on the novel coronavirus outbreak tearing through the country, black and Latino communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, according to multiple reports released Tuesday.

In Louisiana, a state of 4.6 million in the deep south, blacks have made up a highly disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths. Despite making up about 32% of the state’s population, black Americans have accounted for more than 70% of deaths caused by the virus, according to state data.

Governor John Bell Edwards told reporters at a news conference Monday his state is “seeing disparities”

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