63% of Covid-19 deaths in India over 60

NEW DELHI: Those over 60 account for only 19% of India, but account for 63% of deaths so far, and those with pre-existing health conditions are even more vulnerable, according to data released Monday.

Of the rest, 30% of the deceased were between 40 and 60 years old and only 7% were under 40 years old. Up to 86% of deaths had conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and kidney disease.

An analysis of cases and deaths so far also shows that men may be more susceptible to infection than women. Of the total infected so far, 76% were men and 24% women, while men also accounted for more deaths with 73%, while 27% of deaths were among women. The infection ratio is 3: 1.

On Monday, the health ministry reported a total of 4,067 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 109 disease-related deaths. This included 693 new cases and 30 deaths in the last 24 hours.

On Saturday, the ministry released an age analysis of all Covid-19 positive cases, which showed that 8.6% of patients were 20 years old or younger, 41.9% were between 21 and 40 years old, 32.8% in the group 41-60, and 16.7% above 60.

Government-published mortality-for-age data supports concerns that the elderly, and generally other patients with comorbidities, are at greater risk if they contract the infection. The death rate among the elderly is disproportionately higher despite a low infection rate in the age group.

This shows that older people are at higher risk, but younger people with comorbidities are also at risk. We request that the elderly remain protected and that all young people take care not to transmit the infection, particularly to the elderly. For this, the strict implementation of social distancing and closure measures is essential, ”said the joint secretary of the health ministry, Lav Agarwal.

While data by age on total confirmed cases had indicated that the trend in India was perhaps different from most other countries, as the majority of those contracting the infection in the country were under 60 years of age, Death analysis appears to be in line with global trends.

Doctors said that the elderly with comorbidities are generally vulnerable to all influences due to low immunity and should be more careful against capture of the coronavirus.