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Covid-19 infections increase again in Greece; 11% “Eris” strain

New cases of Covid-19 infections increased in the week of July 31-August 6 when compared to the previous week, according to the weekly report by the National Public Health Organisation (EODY), published on Thursday.

11% of the new cases is owed to the new ‘Eris‘ strain of the coronavirus, it was noted.

Summary July 31-August 6, 2023

  • *Tests -13% (109,000)
  • *Infections +28% (8,511 total, 1,216/day)
  • *Positivity +47% (7.8%)
  • *Hospital Admissons +46% (469 total, 67/day)
  • *Intubated +13% (18)
  • *Deaths -8% (22 total, 3/day)

Hospital admissions for Covid-patients, 468 in total increased last week and also went up 78% overall compared to the average weekly for admissions during the last four weeks.

Meanwhile, the number of new intubations (8) in the week of July 31-August 6 dropped slightly compared to the previous week, but increasing 33% in comparison to the average of new intubations in the last four weeks.

At present, 18 people are intubated with Covid-19 in Greek hospitals.

22 Covid-patients died during the same week. The median age of those who died was 86 (age range: 69-97).

Weekly sampling of virus loads in urban waste in Greece showed a rise in SARS-CoV-2 in 9 of 10 regions checked.

Tests on urban wastewater showed a rise in the presence of Covid-19 virus in nine out of the 10 regions being monitored across the country in the July 31 to August 6 period,

according to the weekly bulletin issued by the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) on Thursday.

In the last bulletin, covering July 24-30, a rise in the SARS-CoV-2 load was seen in eight of the 10 regions, from just four in the week before that.

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