Mainly youth affected by new corona infections

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Among children, adolescents and young adults, the corona virus has spread particularly strongly in the past week.

The information has been announced by the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES). According to the figures, the groups of 15- to 24-year-olds and five- to 14-year-olds are now ahead of all other age groups, with seven-day incidences of 209.9 and 202.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively. A look at the infection figures in the previous week illustrates how much the virus has spread among young people within a week. In the seventh calendar week (February 15-21), the seven-day incidence among 15- to 24-year-olds was still 170.5. In absolute numbers, that was 1,629 new infections, or 13.9 percent of the total. The incidence among the five to 14 year olds was 150.8 with 1,278 cases (10.9 percent of the total). Within one week, there was now an increase of 377 affected persons to now 2,006 infected persons among the 15 to 24 year olds, and there was even an increase of 436 new cases among the five to 14 year olds, bringing the total number of infected persons in this group to 1,714. In relation to the total population, the five to 24-year-olds now account for more than a quarter – 26.3 percent to be exact – of all infected persons.

On the other hand, the AGES figures also show that the increased vaccination of older population groups is having an impact on the infection figures among senior citizens. The very elderly – the group over 85 years of age – who were particularly affected at the beginning of the pandemic, contributed only 1.8 percent to the total number of infections in the previous week, with 257 new infections.

  • source: k.at/picture: deutsche-apotheker-zeitung.de
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