Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The World Health Organization (WHO) says young people coming to nightclubs and beaches contribute to an increase in new corona virus cases worldwide.
The proportion of those aged 15 to 24 years who are infected has tripled in about five months.
An analysis by WHO of 6 million infections, between February 24 and July 12, found that the proportion of people aged 15-24 years rose to 15% from the previous 4.5%.
Not only the United States (US), which leads the global count with 4.8 million total cases, other countries such as Europe including Spain, Germany and France are also the biggest contributors. In Asia, many young people are infected in Japan.
“Younger people tend to be less alert by wearing masks and social distance,” Neysa Ernst, nurse manager at the Johns Hopkins Hospital biocontainment unit in Baltimore, Maryland told Reuters.
“Traveling increases your chances of getting and spreading Covid-19. Young people are more likely to go to work in the community, to the beach, pubs, or to buy groceries,” he said.
The surge in new cases, called the second wave of infections, has prompted several countries to impose new restrictions on travel. And when companies race to find vaccines for viruses that spread quickly and have claimed more than 680,000 lives.
Even countries like Vietnam, which have been widely praised for their mitigation efforts since the corona virus emerged in late January, are now fighting a new group of infections.
Not only millennial, in the younger group that is aged 5-14 years, an increase in infection also occurs. There was an increase of around 4.6% from 0.8%, between February 24 and July 12.
The WHO said at the time of testing, public health experts were concerned that the reopening of schools might cause a surge in new cases.
“We have said this before and we will say it again, young people are invincible. Young people can be infected, young people can die, and young people can transmit the virus to others,” said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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