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Covid-19 Greece: Infections, hospitalizations. Eris variant on the rise

An increase of Covid-19 infections was recorded for the fifth consecutive week in Greece, with the Eris subvariant dominating 16% of them. At the same time, hospital admissions are also on the rise.

According to the epidemiological weekly report August 7-13, 2023, of the National Health System EODY, there is an increase in positivity in tests for coronavirus, as well as in hospitalizations.

The Eris strain seems to be gaining ground and appears to be the third most frequent strain with a percentage of 16%.

The positivity in all tested samples, 103,362, showed a 10% increase compared to the previous week.

The number of hospital admissions, that is 563, showed an increase from the previous week and a 71% increase from the average weekly number of new admissions over the previous 4 weeks.

The number of new intubations, i.e. three in total, showed a decrease compared to the previous week and a 50% decrease compared to the average weekly number of new intubations over the previous 4 weeks.

The number of intubated patients with COVID-19 infection is currently 14.

There were 20 deaths with a median age of 86 years (range 61-98 years).

During the last few weeks all the strains sequenced belonged to the Omicron sub-variant BA.2. The most frequent BA.2 sub-variant was XBB.1.5 (49%), followed by XBB.1.16 (32%) and EG.5 (16%).

Viral load surveillance in municipal wastewater showed an increase in SARSCoV-2 virus circulation in 9 out of 10 areas tested.

Several doctors in the country have slowly started a vaccination campaign saying that there will be a new vaccine that includes all strains as of October.

PS Greece has practically abolished the use of masks even in hospitals and health facilities with the only exception for departments dealing with immune-suppressed and oncology patients.

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4 comments

  1. Several doctors in the country have slowly started a vaccination campaign saying that there will be a new vaccine that includes all strains as of October.

    (like their predecessors) will the new vaccine be “safe and effective” ?

  2. ERIS is well named – it’s an asteroid associated with strife and discord. Omicron was an anagram of moronic 🙂