KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — Young adults in Malaysia between the age of 20 and 29 recorded the highest Covid-19 incidence rate this year at 1,217 cases per 100,000 population.
Between January 1 and April 6, the second highest Covid-19 incidence rate was found among those between the ages of 30 and 39 (1,184 cases per 100,000 population), followed by those between the ages of 40 and 49 (736 cases per 100,000 population), according to data released by Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today.
Malaysia recorded a total of 240,319 positive Covid-19 cases this year as of April 6, translating to a nationwide incidence rate of 702 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population in a 34.2 million population.
This means in every 100,000 people, 702 positive Covid-19 cases were detected nationwide. The incidence rate enables comparison across communities as it measures the number of Covid-19 cases per unit of population.
Working adults in Malaysia below the age of 50 recorded higher Covid-19 incidence than the nationwide rate of 702 cases per 100,000 population. Those aged 50 to 59 reported Covid-19 incidence at 540 per 100,000 population.
The Covid-19 incidence rate for the older population in Malaysia so far this year was 427 cases per 100,000 population (between 60 and 69 years old), 330 cases per 100,000 population (between 70 and 79 years old), and 337 cases per 100,000 population for those above the age of 80.
The lowest coronavirus incidence rate in Malaysia this year occurred among children aged nine years and below at 274 cases per 100,000 population, while children aged 10 to 19 recorded a Covid-19 incidence of 343 cases per 100,000 population.
According to the US’ Johns Hopkins University, young adults are more prone to coronavirus infection because people in their 20s and 30s work in health care, food, and essential services including in the transportation industry.