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Over 52.2% of Brazil's ICU COVID patients are under 40

Medical workers treat a COVID-19 patient at the intensive care unit of a hospital in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro,Brazil.
Medical workers treat a COVID-19 patient at the intensive care unit of a hospital in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro,Brazil.

BRAZIL: The number of COVID-19 patients under 40 in intensive care in Brazil surpassed older groups last month, a researcher said Sunday, amid a deadly surge driven partly by a new coronavirus variant.

The number of people aged 39 or younger in intensive care units with COVID-19 in March rose sharply to more than 11,000, or 52.2 percent of the total, said the Brazilian ICU Project.

That was up from 14.6 percent of total ICU patients early in the pandemic and around 45 percent from September through February. Patients over 80, who fell from 13.6 percent to 7.8 percent of the total in Brazil's ICUs in March, are now largely vaccinated. Young people are also more likely to expose themselves to the virus, whether because they have to leave home to work or believe they are less vulnerable, he said.

Another factor may be the new Brazilian variant, known as P1, which experts say is partly responsible for the country's COVID-19 death toll exploding in March.

Brazil registered more than 66,500 COVID-19 deaths in March, more than double the hard-hit country's previous monthly record in July 2020.

The disease has claimed a total of 351,000 lives in the country of 212 million people, a death toll second only to that of the United States. - AFP