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Coronavirus: 87% of India's Covid-19 deaths among those aged 45 and above

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on August 25, 2020
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A COVID-19 patient lies on a hospital bed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bhagalpur, Bihar, India, July 26, 2020

(Reuters)

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare analyses the risk of death from coronavirus according to age and gender.

Of the 58,390 Covid-19 fatalities that India has recorded since the start of the pandemic, 87 per cent have been among those aged 45 years and above, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday.

The Ministry carried out the analysis of the total Covid deaths based on age and gender.

Also read: India's new coronavirus cases top global tally for 18th straight day

Middle-aged and elderly people are at higher risk, as per the Ministry's data.

According to the findings, 87 per cent of Covid deaths were recorded among people aged between 45 years and above, while people aged 60 years and above accounted for 51 per cent of the total deaths. The mortality in people under 26 years of age was 2 per cent.

The break-up of mortality percentage age-wise is as follows:
Under 17: 1 per cent

18-25: 1 per cent

26-44: 11 per cent

45-60: 36 per cent

60 and above: 51 per cent

Besides, the data also reveals that the death rate in males due to the Covid-19 infection is more than double that of females. 

As per the Ministry's data, 69 per cent of the dead were males, while females amounted for 31 per cent.

In the last 24 hours, 60,975 new infections were registered raising the country's tally to 31,67,323, health officials said on Tuesday.

The number of fatalities also increased to 58,390 after 848 deaths were recorded in the duration. 

A total of 66,550 patients recovered on Monday, pushing the total number of recoveries to 24,05,585. The recovery rate stood at 75.91 per cent on Tuesday morning.


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