WHO: 95% of deaths from European coronaviruses were people aged 60 or over, young people still at risk


The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that more than 95% of coronavirus deaths in Europe were in people aged 60 or older, but warned that young people are still at risk.

“The very idea that COVID-19 only affects older people is actually wrong,” said Dr. Hans Kluge, head of the WHO European office at an online press conference in Copenhagen, a reported the Associated Press. “Young people are not invincible.”

“Severe cases of the disease have been seen in adolescents and adolescents in their twenties, many of whom require intensive care and some who die unfortunately,” he added.

The WHO has reported that 10 to 15% of coronavirus cases in people under the age of 50 are moderate or severe.

Italy and Spain both have more than 110,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, while Germany has more than 80,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States has the most cases in the world, with more than 216,000.


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