More oldies getting infected in UP

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More oldies getting infected in UP

Thursday, 17 September 2020 | PNS | Lucknow



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Even though the COVID-19 recovery rate has gone up, the rise in infection among the senior citizens has raised a big question on government’s efforts to control the spread of coronavirus as experts say that this can increase mortality rate.
The recovery rate of the COVID-19 patients has gone up to 78.29 per cent and the number of patients recovered on Wednesday was more than the fresh cases, said Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad here on Wednesday.
Prasad said that there were  67,002 active cases in the state while the 2,58,573 COVID-19 patients had recovered, including 6,476 people discharged from hospitals on Wednesday.
He said that 1,54,202  samples were tested on Tuesday and with it the total Covid tests had reached 79,38,533.
Prasad said there were 35,415 asymptomatic patients in home isolation, which was 52.85 per cent of the total active patients. He said there were 3,918 COVID-19 patients in private hospitals and 232 in semi-paid hotels while the rest were in government-run Covid hospitals
The additional chief secretary said the number of senior citizens testing positive was rising and this was a cause of concern. He said 8.90 per cent of the confirmed cases were above the age of 60 years while earlier it was between 6 and 7 per cent.
In the other age groups, 13.91 per cent patients are up to 20 years old, 48.42 per cent are between 21 and 40 years old and 28.77 per cent between 41 and 60 years old.
Prasad appealed to the people to protect the elderly persons and take all precautions so that they did not get infected.

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