Dr. Roshan Parasram

Dr. Roshan Parasram

MORE MEN and younger people have been testing positive for the potentially Covid-19 Coronavirus in the last months.

At the Covid-19 coronavirus media briefing on Saturday, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr Roshan Parasram said that in this Phase Two of the country's Covid-19 virus count, there had a 'flip' from the previous phase in the demographic of people testing positive for the virus.

Parasram said it was "almost a reversal", in the figures according to sex and age of the demographic, as noted in the data compiled by the Ministry of Health.

He said in Phase one - noted between March 11 to April 26, the male cases were 41.4 per cent where as females were 58.6 per cent.

But in the second phase starting from April 27, the percentage of male cases had shifted to at least a 17 percent increase to 58.1 per cent, and the number of females has dropped to 41.9 per cent.

In the first phase, the average age for positive cases were the groups between 50- 65 years old.

However, in the second phase, the main age groups have changed to a younger age group between 20 to 40 years old.

"We see a bit of a converse relationship. Where we're seeing the graphs on the bottom, becoming larger indicating a flip in the age distribution. So we see children being affected we see in persons in the 20's, 30's and 40's being the main age groups that are affected in this particular phase, at least as the primary contacts and the primary cases", he said.

And there have been large numbers of cases in northwest Trinidad, and in the medical counties of St George East and Victoria.

"Movement has been widespread. We have a very small country of persons that are positive that can be in North then south, and east and west in one in one single day. So our concern is who is controlling the spread by knowing the clusters", said Parasram.

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