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Young Malaysians In Their 20s Are Getting Infected With Covid-19 More Than Anyone Else In 2021

Young Malaysians In Their 20s Are Getting Infected With Covid-19 More Than Anyone Else In 2021

Working adults in Malaysia below 50 years old recorded higher Covid-19 incidence than any other age group.

Kirat Kaur

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Young Malaysian adults in their 20s record the highest Covid-19 incidence rate this year, revealed the Health Ministry.

At 1,217 cases per 100,000 population, Malaysians aged between 20 and 29-years old, far outstrip the national average of 702 cases per 100,000 population.

The results are based on data collated by the Health Ministry’s Crisis Preparedness And Response Centre (CPRC), from 1st January to 6th April 6 2021.

Most Covid-19 cases infect working adults

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It doesn’t just stop at Malaysians in their 20s, the data also revealed the second highest Covid-19 incidence rate is among those between 30 and 39 years old (1,184 cases per 100,000 population), followed by those between 40 and 49 years old (736 cases per 100,000 population).

The lowest incidence rate occurred among children below 9 years old (274 cases per 100,000 population) followed by elderly adults between 70 and 70 years old (330 cases 100,000 population).

This means that Malaysian working adults under 50 years old record more Covid-19 infections than the national average.

While this news may be alarming, it is hardly surprising as the Health Ministry had just revealed that five out of 10 new Covid-19 clusters detected on 6th April came from workplace-related clusters.

READ MORE: Out Of Ten Clusters Detected Yesterday, Five Of Them Came From The Workplace, Says MOH

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people under age 30 accounted for more than 20% of Covid-19 cases in the country and were seen as more likely to transmit the virus than others.

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John Hopkins University explains that jobs are one reason why young adults are vulnerable to coronavirus infection as many in their 20s and 30s work in health care, food and essential services such as public transportation.

Young people often work in areas at high risk for exposure to the coronavirus, such as bars and restaurants, schools, child care centers and retail shops. College students can be affected by campus outbreaks and spread the coronavirus when they return home.

John Hopkins University

This shows that while the government says companies are allowed to recall 100% of their staff back to their office for work, the risk of transmission persists and strict SOPs must still be followed.

KL & Selangor hardest hit by Covid-19 this year

Meanwhile, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also shared that Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country with 1,290 cases per 100,000 people, followed by Selangor with 1,257 cases.

On the other hand, the four states that recorded the lowest Covid-19 incidence rate were Terengganu (251 cases), Kedah (243 cases), Pahang (173 cases) and Perlis (108 cases).


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