According to government data released Wednesday evening, over 26% of all those infected with COVID-19 in India since May 1 is between the ages of 18 and 30.
Vaccination for people in this age group – who become eligible this month as part of the 18-44 demographic – has hit a snag due to a severe lack of doses.
According to the data, 26.58 per cent of those infected between May 1 and May 7 were between the ages of 18 and 30. This statistic is 25.89 per cent between May 8 and May 14. The following week, from May 15 to May 21, is a holiday. The 18-30 age group accounted for 64% of new occurrences. And for the next three days, from May 22 to 25, it will be 25. Sixty per cent were between the ages of 18 and 30.
The next most affected age group is those between the ages of 31 and 40.
Between May 1 and May 7, there were 23.12 percent, 22.79 percent between May 8 and May 14, 22.58 percent between May 15 and May 21, and 22.24 percent between May 22 and May 24.
This month, both of these categories had a small but consistent drop in the percentage share of new cases.
Children and young adults, who some experts believe would be the target of the third wave as the SARS-CoV2 virus mutates and evolves, accounted for less than 10% of new cases in the same time period, despite the weekly numbers continuing to rise.