The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the dreaded Coronavirus alias COVID 19 is affecting persons with different ages differently. According to the agency people within the 31 to 40 years age bracket is more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country than much younger people within the 20-30 age bracket.
In a report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), yesterday in Abuja, the NCDC said that data also showed that men were two times more likely to get the virus as shown in its latest demographic data on COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths by gender and age in the country.
According to the centre, however, more deaths have been recorded among older people of 60 years and above. “(People) between 31 and 40 years (of age) have the highest rate of confirmed cases. “More males in that age category are con¬firmed cases but with a lower mortality rate.
“Age 31-40: Male – 797 infected with seven deaths, female – 324 with four deaths but lower mortality compared to older persons,” it said. According to the report, in spite of this, older people die more due to several factors from co-morbidities.
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The data showed more deaths among 61-70 years, though the lowest rate in confirmed cases.“Ages 61-70: Male-188 infected with three deaths, Female- 52 infected with four deaths.
“Age 70 plus: Male – 74 infected with 12 deaths, Female -33 infected with five deaths. The highest rate of mortality- comparable to global data,” it showed. The report also showed a very high rate of mortality among ages 41- 50 and 51-60.
“Ages 41-50: Male – 570 infected with 15 deaths, Female- 206 infected with four deaths. (NAN)