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Older persons are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and therefore more likely to re - quire hospitalization when infected. Ageing is commonly associated with morbidities such as hypertension and diabetes, mak - ing older people more susceptible to hos - pitalization and death. 1 In resource-poor settings, limited health care facilities and the lack of ventilators and oxygen supply can significantly add to death rates among older persons with COVID-19.