Brazil: Covid-19 cases among young people on the rise, report says

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Brazil: Covid-19 cases among young people on the rise, report says


“The country is in a situation of collapse of the health system. At the same time, the pandemic is acquiring new characteristics affecting the youngest age groups: 30 to 39, 40 to 49 and 50 to 59, ”the report reads. published Friday by the Brazilian Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).

During the first part of Brazil’s fight against the coronavirus, it was the elderly who made up the majority of those who fell ill with Covid-19.

But since the start of the second wave of Covid-19 in the country in November 2020, the demand for health services for young symptomatic patients in Brazil has increased, Fiocruz researchers said.

The new report analyzed weekly data from the country’s health ministry from January 1 to March 13, 2021. It found a more than 500% increase in infections among people aged 30 to 39. 49 and more than 500% among people aged 50 to 59 during the same period.

Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases nationwide among all age groups has increased by 319% during that same window of time, according to the report.
Although more and more young people are infected with the virus, deaths linked to Covid-19 are even more common among the elderly, the report notes.

The new analysis comes as the country struggles to contain the pandemic and the local variant of the P.1 coronavirus is tearing the country apart. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro changed six top ministers on Monday, including officials responsible for defense and foreign affairs, after he officially ousted the country’s health minister last week.

More than 12,573,615 cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic and 313,866 Covid-related deaths have been confirmed.

On Thursday last week, Brazil’s health ministry announced that more than 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed on that day alone – the highest figure in the country since the start of the pandemic.

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