74.5% Of COVID-19 Patients In Congo Brazzaville Are Men

Almost three quarters of registered cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in Congo Brazzaville are men. 

This means that 74.5 per cent of patients suffering from the coronavirus infection are men as against 25.5 per cent female patients.

The wide disparity in the gender infections has been explained by the fact that women respect the palliative measures put in place more than the men folk. 

Also, men are more mobile/restive than women and more apt to disrespect laws than women. 

The increased infection figures among men is also said to be due to the disparity in the social interaction of men as against the women.

According to a recent report on the situation of the pandemic in the country, the virus has seen an exponential progression within the past weeks especially in urban areas.

The increase in positive cases registered, according to the report, is occasioned by the fact that much more testing is being effected within the past several weeks than in the past.

Latest figures released concerning the pandemic show that as at July 14, there were 2,222 registered cases in the country, with 615 successfully treated and discharged from hospital and 47 deaths.

Over all, infection rate within the entire population stands at 2.1 per cent, and this low infection is thanks to the wonderful work being done by the health professionals of the country, who have integrated peer education and sensitization campaigns within social groupings in the national programme for the fight against the pandemic, according to the report.

Of the 47 deaths so far reported, 31 were within the 49 to 70 years age group, while seven were above seventy years. 

Congo Brazzaville has so far not yet registered any deaths within the 0 to 29 years age group, the report reveals.

The report warns that changes in temperature are bound to push the number of positive cases upwards and warns the national population to self-protect as by so doing, they also protect others.

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