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Drop in coronavirus infections and flu cases; 45 deaths in a week

New cases of both coronavirus and of influenza (flu) dropped slightly over the week of May 22-28, according to the weekly report by the National Public Health Organization (EODY), published on Thursday.

Hospital admissions for coronavirus also decreased last week, dropping 2% overall compared to the average weekly for admissions during the last 4 weeks.

The number of new intubations in May 22-28 decreased compared to the previous week, registering an overall 59% drop compared to the average of new intubations the last 4 weeks.

At present, 40 people are intubated with Covid-19 in Greek hospitals.

45 Covid-patients died during the week of May 22-28. The median age of those who died was 85 (age range: 71-96).

Weekly sampling of virus loads in urban waste in Greece showed a rise in SARS-CoV-2 in 4 of 10 regions checked.

Week 21, 22-28/5, comparison with previous week:
*Tests -4%
*infections -20% (11,971 total, 1,710/day)
*Positiveness -17% (5%)
*Hospital admission -1% (629 total, 90/day)
*Intubated -25% (40)
*Deaths -18% (45 total, 6/day)

Total Deaths since the start of the pandemic: 37,066

In terms of the flu, there was no case requiring admission to intensive care units (ICUs), or any new death reported, during the week of May 22-28.

A total of 68 people with flu have been hospitalized in ICUs since the start of the flu season and 26 people have died. A total of 78% of infections relate to type A, and of these the most common were subtype A (H3N2).

Overall, a drop was registered in flu-like illnesses across all age groups this past week, while respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) remained at the same low levels as the week prior.

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