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Greece weekly: 47,497 coronavirus cases, 150 deaths

Greece’s health authorities announced on Tuesday 47,497 coronavirus cases confirmed in the week of December 12-18, ISO week 50/2022.

According to the weekly coronavirus bulletin by the National Public Health Organization (EODY), there have been 150 Coronavirus-deaths in the same time.

The number of intubated Coronavirus-patients stands at 104 on December 18.

The 47,497 cases are equivalent to 4,553 coronavirus cases per 1 mln people (weekly change: +9%)

30% of the new weekly infections are reinfections.

Rt: 0.86

All confirmed infections since the pandemic began are 5,548,487.

A total of  1,343 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital during the week of December 12-18 (192 patients on a weekly average, +6% compared to the previous week), while the total number of Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals for the same week was 1,200 (171 as weekly average, or +13% compared to previous week).

104 hospital patients were on ventilators on December 18. Their median age is 77 years and 98.1% have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over.

150 deaths from Covid-19, or 14 deaths per 1 mln people (weekly change: +8%), of whom 17 (11%) died after at least 29 days since their coronavirus infection was confirmed.

The total of pandemic victims since the pandemic began is 34,779.

Of the people who died, 96.2% had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or above.

The median age of the infected people is 40 years, while the median age of the deceased is 80 years.

Coronavirus mutations: New increase in BQ1 and BQ1.1 cases – Where they were found

EODY announced the new data on the BQ1 and BQ1.1 subvariants and all the mutations of the coronavirus.

According to the EODY, from weeks 09-10 of 2022 when the Omicron strain completely prevailed until weeks 49-50 of 2022, a total of 15,738 samples were genomically analyzed.

The chart below shows the relative frequency of occurrence of the main sub-variants of the Omicron strain from week 09 of 2022 to week 48 of 2022, while provisional data are given for weeks 49-50 of 2022.

From week 36 of 2022 onwards, strain BA.2 shows an increase, while BA.5 shows a relative decrease. Despite this, 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 (Chart 11 – provisional data for week 49).The percentage of sub-variants of the BA.2 strain, including the sub-variant of interest BA.2.75, remains at the same levels as the previous week.
Where are they located?

Regarding the sub-variants of the Omicron strain the geographical distribution of cases by Regional Unit for the 4 weeks before the cut-off date covered by this report (December 11, 2022) is presented in Table 4.


Geographic Distribution Dec 12-18

19,345 Attica

4,962 Thessaloniki

Distribution across Greece


EODY weekly bulletin in Greek here.

More on coronavirus in Greece in ENG here.

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