Coronavirus is equally fatal for youth with comorbidities: Union ministry of health

NEW DELHI: The novel can be equally fatal to young people with diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney and heart problems, as well as the elderly, the Union Ministry of Health said Monday.

Presenting an analysis of the COVID-19 deaths reported so far by age, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health urged young people with comorbidities to take precautions and follow social distancing to avoid contracting the disease.

As of now, 86 percent of death cases have exhibited comorbidity related to diabetes, chronic kidney problems, hypertension, and heart-related problems. Although 19 percent of confirmed cases have been reported among the elderly, as 63 percent of deaths have been observed among them, older people form a high-risk population, Agarwal said.

Furthermore, although 37 percent of deaths are reported in people under the age of 60 and about 86 percent of deaths occurred in people with comorbidities, it highlights that youth with comorbidities are also at high risk, Agarwal said.

Analyzing deaths reported due to COVID-19 based on gender distribution, Agarwal said that men account for 73% of deaths from coronavirus infection, while women 27%, adding that 63% of deaths have been reported among people aged 60 years and over, 30 Percentage of deaths among people between 40 and 60 years old and 7 percent among people under 40 years of age.

Presenting a case analysis based on gender distribution, Agarwal said that men account for 76 percent of positive cases and 24 percent of women are affected by the disease.

The number of deaths due to the new coronavirus pandemic increased to 111 and the number of infections increased to 4,281 in the country on Monday, registering a record jump of 704 cases in 24 hours, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health.

However, a PTI count based on figures reported by the states directly showed at least 137 deaths across the country, while confirmed cases reached 4,678. Of these, 344 have been cured and released.