45% of Covid-19 deaths among adults aged below 60 years: Health ministry
The health ministry’s latest analysis of Covid-19 mortalities revealed that the infection is equally deadly for those aged below 60 years. Data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) suggests that roughly 45 per cent of all Covid-19 deaths in India were among adults aged below 60.
The analysis also revealed that the number of men who died due to the virus in the country is much more than the number of women. At least 10 per cent of the deaths were recorded in the age group of 26-44, while 35 per cent who died were aged 44-60 years. The mortality rate for those aged above 60 stands at 53 per cent.
However, individuals aged below 17 years have a mortality rate of just 1 per cent. The rate is the same for those aged 18-25 years.
Who are at high risk?
The health ministry stated that people with co-morbidities and the elderly face higher risk from the SARS-COV-2 infection.
“Deaths in the ages of 44-60 years are particularly important. Sometimes the youth feels that since they are young they may not get infected, or if infected they will recover from it. We must not make such assumptions,” said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
The health ministry expressed deep concern about Covid-19 deaths in relatively young ages of 26-44 years.
Impact of co-morbidities
Another set of data analysed by the government was related to deaths caused by comorbidities.
The case fatality rate amongst different age groups — conducted with and without comorbidities — showed that people aged between 45-60 years saw 13.9 per cent deaths due to co-morbid factors, much higher than the 1.5 per cent who died despite having no co-morbidities.
Among those aged above 60 years, 24.6 per cent deaths occurred due to comorbidities while 4.8 per cent died without showing any signs of underlying health conditions.
In the age group of less than 45 years, 8.8 per cent of the people who died had comorbidities while 0.2 per cent did not have any such health issues.
Overall, the health ministry said that 17.9 per cent of people who died had co-morbidities while 1.2 per cent of deaths were recorded among people who did not have any comorbid conditions.
“Those with comorbid issues such as cardiac issues, renal issues, transplant recipients or cancer patients need to be careful,” said Bhushan and added that India’s overall fatality rate stands at 1.53 per cent.