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Wastewater analysis shows viral load spike in several Greek cities

Laboratory tests conducted by the National Network of Sewage Epidemiology in urban wastewater from March 8-14 show a significant increase in the average viral load over the previous week.

The samples were collected in the greater Athens area, as well as in the cities of Thessaloniki, Larisa, Volos, Iraklio, Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos and Patra.

According to the data,  the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in raw sewage from the Attica basin shot up 87%. The biggest increase was recorded in Chania where the viral load was up by 1000%.

The increase refers to the change of the average viral load per 100,000 population in the weeks February 22-28/2021 and March 8-14/2021.

Attica +87%

Thessaloniki +74%

Larissa +41%

Volos -7%

Heraklio +683%

Chania* +1000%

Rethymno* +136%

Agios Nikolaos +695%

Patras +3%

Wastewater analysis can give an early warning for upcoming epidemiological trends.

source: National Health Organization EODY

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4 comments

  1. I would like to know when resident foreigners in Greece with no AMKA number will be included in the vaccine program. My paryner who is Greek and is in the same age group as me had his 2 weeks ago.

    • You have to have an AMKA number. You can register for a temporary one just to get the vaccine. Look at emvolio.gr website

    • michele lavender

      Viv,the platform is now up and running for foreigners in Greece without AMKA,go to emvolio.gov.gr there you will apply on line and be given immediately an acknowledgement of application or desire to have the Covid jab but you should contact your nearest KEP office once they acknowledge this as some people are still waiting for two weeks and it is in fact the KEP office who will issue the temporary number so make an apoointment over the phone with them so as to talk about the next step of getting the number once you have applied to emvolio.gov.gr.

  2. I have read that there are plans for foreign residents without AMKA numbers to be able to register for vaccination online. To do this, you would be issued with a one-off, temporary AMKA number. My advice would be to go to a pharmacy, where the staff should be able to tell you about this & guide you through the online process.