Over 60 percent of COVID-19 deaths recorded in the Maldives were of men, statistics have shown.
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed from the Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC) said while 191 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in the Maldives to date, 60 percent of COVID-19 deaths occurred among men. He noted that global statistics show a similar trend in COVID-19 deaths.
Providing details on the deaths that occurred between April 28 and June 5, Dr. Shaheed said 111 deaths occurred during the period, out of which 30 individuals were above the age of 80 and 37 individuals between the 65 and 80 year age bracket. 60 percent of deaths occurred among those above the age of 65 while 30 percent of deaths were among those between the ages 40 and 65. 20 percent of deaths were among those below the age of 40.
Dr. Shaheed said most of the deaths occurred among individuals who had pre-morbidities and were among the high-risk groups. Most had pressure issues, diabetes, heart diseases, history of stroke, and kidney diseases, he added. 80 percent of people had at least one of the conditions while 60 percent of people had two conditions. Only 20 percent of deaths occurred among those with no history of risk factors. Adding further that three deaths were of cancer patients, Shaheed said 8 percent of deaths were among those with serious lung conditions.
The Maldives has registered 69,536 cases of CVOVID-19 and 192 deaths to date. The COVID-19 situation has been improving over the past few days with daily numbers falling from above 1000 to below 400.