During the briefing of coronavirus, Health Minister stated that nearly 75.3 per-cent of Indians who died due to COVID-19, disease by the coronavirus, was of 60 years or more than that.
The ministry further added that of all the Indian people who died due to coronavirus, 80 per-cent of people were having co-morbidities.
The joint secretary of Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal, gave an analysis by age-wise, stating that withing age group of 0 to 45 years, 14,4 per-cent deaths have been reported. In the age group between 45 to 60 years, 10.3 per-cent of coronavirus deaths have been reported, he said. People falling under the age range of 60 to 75 years have seen a death rate of 33.1 per-cent. And, lastly, he said that in the age group of 75 years and more than that, 42.2 per-cent deaths have been reported.
This shows that elderly people are at a higher risk but younger people with co-morbidities are also at risk. We request that elders remain protected and every youth be so as not to pass on the infection especially to elders. For this strict implementation of social distancing, measures and lockdown are essential, health ministry joint secretary, Lav Agarwal, had said.
Aggarwal said in the daily media briefing that the rate of doubling of COVID-19 cases in India was lower than the rest of the world. He said 2,902 COVID-19 cases have been reported so far and cases have risen by 601 since Friday.
As for the latest numbers, the Health Ministry stated that India has reported the total number of positive cases accounting to 14,378.
The death rate due to the pandemic in India has reached to 480.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,992 COVID-19 patients across the country have cured, which has taken the overall recovery percentage to somewhere around 13.85 percent, the health ministry informed.
The ministry said the testing capacity has been ramped up significantly to over 10,000 tests per day to detect the coronavirus infection.
Doctors said the elderly with co-morbidities are usually vulnerable more to all influenzas because of low immunity and they need to be more careful against catching the coronavirus.