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MIDDLE-AGED, ELDERLY INFECTED ON INCREASE

An increasing number of people aged between 40 and 49 as well as people above 65 are among those infected with the novel coronavirus, the chief medical officer has said.
 

Cecília Müller told a press conference of the operative board responsible for handling the epidemic response that comparing data from the past two weeks showed a shift, with 40-49 year-olds representing nearly 20% of all infected people, slightly more than 20-29 year-olds. The proportion of people aged above 65 has also increased, she said. The average age of the infected is currently 44.4 years, she added. The proportion of children is still low at 4.6%. Müller said schools will be disinfected during the upcoming autumn break and the army will help in cleaning operations in institutions where the number of infections has been especially high.
Last week’s number of registered coronavirus cases per 100,000 people rose to 488 from 397 the week before, the chief medical officer said. The operative board has ordered 17 schools and 153 classes to revert to digital education and 46 kindergartens and 21 schools have gone on emergency breaks, she said. So far 909 health-care workers have been transferred to hospitals treating Covid-19 patients from other institutions, Müller added.