As much as 42% patients of coronavirus in the country belong to 21-40 years age, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Aggarwal said. “9% Covid-19 patients belong to 0-20 year age group, 42% patients belong to 21-40 years age group, 33% cases pertain to patients between 41 and 60 years, and 17% patients have crossed 60 years,” Aggrawal said at a press conference.
Underlining that about 30% of the coronavirus cases in the country were linked to “one particular place”, he said 1,023 Covid-19 positive cases found in 17 states have been traced to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation held in Delhi last month. Aggarwal said in the daily media briefing that the rate of doubling of Covid-19 cases in India was lower than the rest of the world. He said 2,902 Covid-19 cases have been reported so far and cases have risen by 601 since Friday. At least 58 are in critical condition in Kerala, Delhi and MP. There have been 68 deaths, including 12 since Friday, have been reported and added that 183 people have recovered or have been discharged. At the time of going to press, India had 3,072 Covid-19 cases and 75 deaths, according to the ministry.
At the briefing, Agarwal said about 1,000 positive cases with links to Tablighi Jamaat congregation was reported across 17 states. “Rigorous contact tracing is on across 17 states which have reported cases related to Tablighi Jamaat congregation,” the health ministry official said. “Around 30% of the total cases so far are linked to one particular place where we could not sort of understand it and manage it.” The ministry said the testing capacity has been ramped up significantly to over 10,000 tests per day to detect the coronavirus infection.