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68% of those killed by COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic are over 60 years old

According to statistics from the Ministry of Public Health in the Dominican Republic, 68% of those who died from COVID-19 correspond to those over 60 years of age, that is, 1,845 elderly people have died from the disease.

“One of the things that characterizes this pandemic is precisely that the people who are dying, the vast majority, are over 65 years of age and have comorbidities,” said the adviser on COVID-19 from the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Health, Eddy Pérez Then.

According to epidemiological bulletin 321, 2,719 people have died from coronavirus in the Dominican Republic. Of this amount on 08/31, some 845 infected suffered from hypertension and another 19.57% (532 persons) from diabetes.

“The people to be protected are those over 65 and with comorbidity and precisely we are seeing that young people, although they are affected, do not die in the proportion that older adults die,” he said.

To date, 402 people between the ages of 50 and 59 have died from COVID-19, accounting for 15% of all deaths. Only 7%, about 189 deaths correspond to the age range between 20 and 39 years. Of those 189 people, 138 were between 30 and 39 years old and 51 were young people between 20 and 29 years of age.

Of all the deaths from COVID-19 in the country, 21 were under 10 years of age. Of these 12 they did not reach a year and six were between one and four years old. While another 18 of the deceased were between the ages of 10 and 19.

Pérez Then indicated that men on the other had die in a higher proportion than women.

“In a study that we have just carried out on antibody in the population that goes to selected hospitals in the Santo Domingo province and the National District, men tend to die more than women. Obese and overweight more than those with normal body mass index and over 65 years, “he said.

Of all the reported deaths, 1,774 were men, that is, 65% of the deaths were male, while 928 correspond to women.

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