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Greece weekly: 43,748 coronavirus cases, 154 deaths

Greece;s health authorities announced on Tuesday 43,748 coronavirus cases confirmed in the week November 28 to December 4, ISO week 48/2022.

Media pointed out that many infected patients get a positive coronavirus result via a self-test and that they don’t even bother to report it to health authorities.

It is also worth noting that the percentage of reinfections has started to increase – currently at 28% – and infected and/or reinfected patients are meanwhile accustomed with the testing at home (as well as the disease?).

According to the weekly report by the National Public Health Organization (EODY), 154 Covid-patients died in the same period of time, while the number of intubated patients stood at 91 on December 4.

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The 43,748 coronavirus cases are equivalent to 4,193 coronavirus cases per 1 mln people (weekly change: -1%), with 28% of the new weekly infections being reinfections.

All confirmed infections since the pandemic began are 5,448,700.

A total of 1,188 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital during the week of November 28-December 4, while the total number of Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals for the same week was 1,056 (151 as weekly average, or -16% compared to previous week).

91 hospital patients were on ventilators on December 4. Their median age is 76 years and 98.9% have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or more.

During ISO week 48/2022, a total of 154 deaths from Covid-19, or 15 deaths per 1 mln people (weekly change: 19%) were recorded, bringing the total of pandemic victims since the pandemic began to 34,482.

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.

Prevailing sub-variants

New increase in BQ1 sub-variants

According to the latest data via the National Network of Genomic Surveillance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on the mutations of the coronavirus and the spread of Omicron sub-variants in the country in the period weeks 9-10/2022 (when the Omicron mutation fully prevailed) until weeks 47-48.2022:

based on 14,883 samples genomically analyzed.

From week 36/2022 onward, the BA.2 strain shows an increase, while the BA.5 shows a relative decrease.

The BA.5 strain is still the most frequently identified.

Regarding the temporal evolution of the sub-variants of the BA.5 strain, in week 39 the sub-variant BQ.1 appeared and then BQ.1.1., which shows an increase in relation to the other sub-variants of the BA.5 strain

 

Geographic distribution Nov 28-Dec 4

18,780 Attica

4,307 Thessaloniki

Distribution across the country:

 

EODY weekly bulletin in Greek here.

More on coronavirus in Greece here.

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