Unlike the rest of the world, most corona virus cases in Pakistan are young adults, the country’s health minister said. “Around 24 percent of cases confirmed to date in Pakistan are between 21 and 30 years old,” said Dr. Zafar Mirza, special Health Assistant to the government.
He said the pattern of corona cases is different from other countries where most cases involve older people. In China, the contagion was highest among older people aged 65 and over.
The number of confirmed corona virus cases in Pakistan rose to 1,252 on Friday after new cases were reported in Baluchistan, Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. So far, eight coronavirus-infected patients have died in Pakistan, while over 20 have recovered. New insights from the US and Europe have also drawn attention to young adults infected with corona virus.
“The fact that Pakistan has a higher young population compared to China and many other affected countries explains why the majority of confirmed cases in Pakistan are young adults,” said Dr. Rana Safdar, chief epidemiologist at the National Institute of Health from the News.
Most cases in males
Dr. Mirza presented another analysis of the data when the number of confirmed cases in Pakistan exceeded 1,100. The local transmission of the virus was seven percent, which means that 93 percent of the confirmed patients in already affected countries contracted the disease. Most COVID-19 patients are those who have traveled to Iran on a pilgrimage and their families. The infected patients consist of 64 percent men and 36 percent women.
Dr. Mirza said over 5,200 people are currently isolated in quarantine facilities across Pakistan. Of these, 23% tested positive, while everyone else was sent home with explicit instructions for protection.