Majority of COVID-19 victims in India are aged over 60 years


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THE COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be fatal for those aged above 60 years in India, data  showed.

Those above 60 years of age make up just 19% of coronavirus cases in the country, but the death rate is quite high at 63 per cent.

About 86 per cent of dead had conditions such as diabetes, hyperteension, heart and kidney diseases, health ministry data showed.

Te death toll due to the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 114 and the number of infections climbed to 4,421 in the country.

The active COVID-19 cases stood at 3,851, while 318 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated, the ministry stated.

According to health ministry data, 30 per cent of those who died were 40-60 years old and only seven per cent were younger than 40.

In India, men are more vulnerable to the infection than women.

Out of the total cases 76 per cent are men. In total number of deaths men accounted for 73 per cent.

The highest number of confirmed cases are from Maharashtra (748), followed by Tamil Nadu at 571 and Delhi with 523 cases.