U.S. San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced an expanded coronavirus-related support scheme for the city’s Latino community, a group which has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
With a total fund of 28.5 million U.S. dollars, Breed has allocated an initial 22.5 million dollars toward supporting the Latino community with a focus on health, housing, food access, and small businesses.
“Our Latino community has borne the brunt of the COVID pandemic — not just here in San Francisco, but across the country,” Breed said in her announcement.
Latinos make up 50 percent of reported cases of COVID-19 in San Francisco, despite the demographic making up just 15 percent of the city’s population, according to the city’s health department.
The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on the Latino community can be traced back to crowded living conditions and the high number of Latino frontline workers, according to Breed’s announcement.