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More now on the comments from World Bank chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific, Aaditya Mattoo, who said in a report that the coronavirus pandemic is causing “an unprecedented global shock, which could bring growth to a halt and could increase poverty across the region”.
Even in the best-case scenario, the region could see a sharp drop in growth, with China’s expansion slowing to 2.3% from 6.1% in 2019, the report said.
Tuesday briefing: Covid-19 danger jumps from middle age
The first comprehensive study of Covid-19 deaths and hospitalisations in mainland China has revealed in stark detail the increase in risk for coronavirus patients once they reach middle age. Four per cent of infected people in their 40s needed hospital treatment, as did more than 8% of patients in their 50s. More than 18% of those in their 80s and above needed hospitalisation after catching the virus. Only 0.04% of 10 to 19-year-olds had to go into hospital if infected.