There has been a significant increase in the number of people without pre-existing medical conditions being hospitalised as a result of Covid-19.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram, speaking at Saturday’s media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, revealed that in September 2020, 36% of Covid-19 hospitalised cases had no comorbidities compared to 61.4% in May 2021 thus far.
And the number of active cases in need of hospital care increased almost 3% from 5.3% in September to 8% in May.
Dr Parasram said, “The ones without comorbidities have shorter hospital stays, they usually have better prognosis and the ones with comorbidities have been having longer stays and worse prognosis in the long term.”
He also noted that the average daily number of patients in hospital jumped from 98 in September to 316 in May.
Dr Parasram said, “In May, it was noted that more people without comorbidities are requiring hospitalisation in contrast to September where the majority had pre-exiting medical conditions.
He said that for the month of May, they have also seen an increase in asthma patients and chronic kidney disease patients contracting the virus.