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The percentage distribution of COVID-19 by age in Ghana shows that both children and adults are at risk of the infection once they are exposed to the virus, in spite of an earlier assertion that children are less susceptible to it, hence the need for parents to protect their children.

The Ghana Health Service’s March and April data sourced from its website on Thursday, April 16, 2020, indicate that the percentage distribution of persons aged 15 and younger infected by the virus in the country has 50 per cent being males and 50 per cent females.

Of those aged 15-24, about 67 per cent are males and 33 per cent females, while the 25-34 bracket has 60 per cent males and 30 per cent females.

For the 35 to 44 age group, males account for 78 per cent while females are about 22 per cent, while the 49 to 59 age bracket has 65 per cent males and 35 per cent females. For those aged 60 plus, 58 per cent are males and 42 per cent females.

Experts have argued that within the adult world, there have been devastating effects of the Coronavirus, whereas among children, the effect is said to be mild or asymptomatic.

Initially, when the novel Coronavirus broke out, the world was made to understand that the pandemic could hardly affect children but as time rolled on, we have read and seen that children too could be infected and even die from the disease.

The Agence France-Presse and Associated Press reported on April 1, 2020 that a 12-year-old girl in Belgium and a 13-year old boy in the United Kingdom died through COVID-19 infections.

The media report indicated that the two children were believed to be the youngest victims of the disease in their respective countries.

A spokesman had added that the girl had fever for three days and had tested positive for Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, French authorities earlier reported the death of a 16-year-old girl, identified as Julie A, at a children’s hospital in Paris, also believed to be as a result of the Coronavirus.

The US State of Illinois, in March, announced the death of an infant under-one year who had tested positive for the COVID-19.

Other media reports have indicated that medical reports on cases in China had also documented the death of a 10-month-old baby and a 14-year-old boy, all to COVID-19.

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