Member of Greece’ Epidemiologists’ Committee, Professor Gikas Majorkinis explained in a post the reasons for the increase in the number of coronavirus cases. According to Majiorkinis, thwere are two main reasons for the increase: the relaxation of protection measures and the prevalence of the Omicron 2 mutation.
According to the professor, “we are entering the first period of increasing dispersion after the de-escalation of the Omicron wave” and the question is how much the health systems will be affected.
“The slowdown in shrinkage in the Omicron epidemic appears to be modestly increasing at European level with a 9% average increase in the number of diagnoses. 22 of the 37 countries now show an increase in dispersion. The reasons are basically two: the logical relaxation of the measures of social distancing (which I believe we should seek in order for there to be a return to normalcy) and the gradual dominance of Omicron 2 (which seems to have a slight advantage over Omicron 1).
It should be noted that the de-escalation of hard indicators continues with 30 of the 37 countries showing a reduction in recorded deaths, Majiorkinis noted, among others.
He added that this is a very important period as it seems that we are entering the first period of increasing dispersion after the de-escalation of the Omicron wave. The basic scenario predicts an oscillation (fluctuation) of the diagnoses around an average value, which in the long run will go down. If it is confirmed, then the big question mark is how much this oscillation will affect health systems.
Certainly the percentage of people vaccinated in those over 60 will be the main factor in this pressure, which predicts that in countries that have achieved almost universal vaccination at these ages, health systems will have much less pressure. “So we continue to follow closely the developments in the coming weeks.”
While the number of deaths and intubations has been constantly decreasing in Greece in the last couple of weeks, the number of daily coronavirus infections remains high.
Friday, March 11 : 21,260 infections, 49 deaths, 361 intubations
Saturday, March 12: 19,002/40/363
Sunday, March 13: 11,986/49/356
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