COVID-19 Graph in India: Gender, Fatality, Co-morbidities, Age

76 percent of all COVID-19 cases in India are male.

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COVID-19 India Statistics: This is how the data adds up.

During the press meet to discuss and update on the latest from coronavirus updates in India, the Health Ministry shared some interesting data on how the disease is impacting men, women, those with co-morbidities and young people.

693 new positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours, and 30 deaths were recorded, taking the total fatalities to over 100 as of 6 April.

Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR has said that it has carried out a total of 96,264 tests as of 6 April.

This is how it all adds up:

(Illustration: Arnica Kala)
(Illustration: Arnica Kala)

In terms of age group of positive cases, this is how the numbers add up:

  • 47 percent of cases are less than 40 years of age

  • 34 percent are in the age group of 40 to 60 years

  • 19 percent are above 60

It's important to read this data in light of the demographic of those who were tested. That data is currently not available. It is also important to read this data and analysis in light of India's massive young population and life expectancy of 69 years.

COVID-19 Graph in India: Gender, Fatality, Co-morbidities, Age

When it comes to gender distribution, India's number match up to the international trend. 76 percent of all cases in India are male and 24 percent are female. This reflects in fatalities as well. 73 percent fatalities are recorded among men and 27 percent among women.

COVID-19 Graph in India: Gender, Fatality, Co-morbidities, Age

Now, while nearly 81 percent of those who have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, are under the age group of 60, when it comes to mortality, India again reflects the international trend - 63 percent of our mortalities are among those about 60. But does this mean our young population is safe? Not Quite.

COVID-19 Graph in India: Gender, Fatality, Co-morbidities, Age

In terms of fatalities linked to co morbidities, 86% of deaths recorded in India had significant co-morbidities like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease. India has a massive crisis of lifestyle linked diseases and unfortunately has tag of diabetes and heart disease capital of the world. Add to that, the number of young people with these co-morbidities, it's reflected in the numbers - 37% of these deaths were among people below 60 years of age.

ICMR has placed order for 5 lakh testing kits for conducting rapid antibody based blood tests. ~ 2.5 lakh kits are expected to be delivered by April 8/9, 2020. Once these kits are deployed, they will give a sense of how far and wide the virus may have spread.

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