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Greece weekly: 53,800 coronavirus cases, deaths rise 23%

Greece’s health authorities announced on Tuesday 53,800 coronavirus cases confirmed in the week of November 14-20, ISO week 46/2022.

According to the National Public Health Organization (EODY) weekly bulletin, 147 Covid-pateients died in the same period of time.

Rt: 0.87

The number of intubated Covid-patients across the country stood at 89 on November 20.

The 53,800 new coronavirus cases are equivalent to 5,157 coronavirus cases per 1 mln people (weekly change: -4%). Of them 27% were reinfections.

All confirmed infections since the pandemic began are 5,360,506.

A total of 1,356 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital during the week of November 14-20, while the total number of Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals for the same week was 1,148 (164 as weekly average, or 0% compared to previous week).

In addition, 89 hospital patients were on ventilators on November 20. Their median age is 76 years and 98.9% have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or more.

147 patients died from Covid-19, or 14 deaths per 1 mln people (weekly change: +23%), bringing the total of pandemic victims since the pandemic began to 34,178.

Of the people who died, 96.1% had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or more.

The median age of those who were infected was 39 years of age, and of those who died it was 80.

Omicron & sub-variants

BQ1, Centaur and XBB cases have increased in Greece, EODY said in its weekly report.

Cases of all variants of the coronavirus are increasing sharply in Greece

Compared to last week, the new sub-variants of the coronavirus BQ1, Centaur and XBB in Greece show an increase, while the Omicron 5 mutation remains dominant.

As announced by the National Network of Genomic Surveillance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which operates under the coordination of the EODY, an Omicron strain (B.1.1.529) was isolated from all samples. Of these 83 (17.8%) were identified as BA.2, 9 (1.9%) as BA.4 and 373 (80.2%) as BA.5.

Of the BA.2 strains, 46 (55.4%) were identified as a sub-variant of BA.2.75 and 29 (34.9%) as XBB, while of the BA.5 strains, 9 (2.4%) were identified as a sub-variant of BQ.1 and 36 (9.7%) as BQ.1.1.

 Viral load increase and decrease

During the week of November 14-20, 2022, an increasing trend was observed compared to the previous week Nov 7-13, 2022, in the average weekly viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in municipal wastewater in three of the eight (3/8) areas tested by the National Wastewater Epidemiology Network (EDEL) of EODY. A decreasing trends in four of the eight (4/8) regions of the EDL and a stabilizing trend was observed in one (1/8) region.

A net upward trend in the average weekly load of municipal wastewater was observed in Patras (+70%) and Agios Nikolaos (+37%), while the increase was marginal in Attica (+22%).

Downward trends were observed in Chania (-58%), Heraklion (-55%) and Thessaloniki (-31%), while the drop in the viral load of municipal sewage was marginal in Ioannina (-11%).

Stabilization was observed in Corfu (+5%).

Geographic distribution Nov 14-20

23,064 Attica

5,024 Thessaloniki

Distribution across the country

EODY weekly bulletin in Greek here.

More information on coronavirus in Greece here.

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