Stark statistics from Chicago health officials have underscored the heavy toll of coronavirus on black Americans.
Black Chicagoans account for half of all coronavirus cases in the city and more than 70 per cent of deaths, despite making up 30 per cent of the population.
As of Sunday, Chicago had seen a total of 98 deaths, with 72 per cent of them black residents.
Other cities with large black populations, including Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans and New York, have become coronavirus hotspots.
Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot is reported as saying that diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illness were prevalent in black communities.
Meanwhile, Alderman Jason Ervin, who chairs Chicago council's black caucus, said rates of non-compliance in some parts of the city with the stay-at-home orders might also be contributing to the statistics.
The US has recorded nearly 370,000 coronavirus cases and almost 11,000 deaths.