In Brazil, COVID-19 hitting young people harder

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Published May 23, 2020, 12:43 AM

By Agence France-Presse

RIO DE JANEIRO – More young people are dying of COVID19 in Brazil than other countries, a trend driven partly by demographics — the overall population is younger — but also by poverty and the need to work.

The South American giant of 210 million people is the latest flashpoint in the coronavirus pandemic, rapidly rising to third this week on the list of countries with the most infections.

With more than 310,000 cases, it lags behind only the United States and Russia.

Brazil’s death toll surged past 20,000 Thursday.

A closer look at the data raises questions about the widely held idea that COVID19 is mainly dangerous for the elderly.

Of Brazil’s victims, 69 percent were aged

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