CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen. Photo courtesy of the CECC
Taipei, May 25 (CNA) A total of 423 patients recently diagnosed with COVID-19 have been classified as having severe cases of the virus, nearly 70 percent of whom are over 60 years old, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
The 423 severe cases constitute 11 percent of the 3,850 cases confirmed between April 15 and May 24, CECC advisor Chang Shan-chwen said at a press briefing.
Of the severe cases, 292, or 69 percent, are over the age of 60, Chang said.
As 1,493 of the COVID-19 patients reported during the time period are over 60, this means that one in five patients in this age group has developed a severe case of COVID-19, he said.
There are 99 COVID-19 patients currently on ventilators, as well as two on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Chang said.
Chang said that older people are at higher risk of developing severe cases of the disease.
All but one of the 23 people who have died of COVID-19 in the past two weeks was over 60 years old, CECC data shows.
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