Steep rise in younger peo­ple fall­ing se­ri­ously ill

The Timaru Herald - - World -

Nearly half of se­vere cases of Covid-19 in Europe in re­cent weeks have been among younger age groups, as ex­perts warn of a wor­ry­ing rise in the num­ber of new in­fec­tions. The lat­est fig­ures from the Euro­pean Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol (ECDC) show that cases of Covid-19 have been in­creas­ing across the con­ti­nent over the last month, with the great­est rise in those aged 15 to 49. Some 67 per cent of new cases have been among this co­hort. While younger peo­ple are less likely to fall se­ri­ously ill with the dis­ease, 44 per cent of those who fell into the se­vere dis­ease cat­e­gory in the last month were in this younger age group, said Dr An­drea Am­mon, of the ECDC.

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