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Greece weekly report: COVID-19 deaths rise to 93

Deaths due to Covid-19 rose to 93 and new intubations increased in the week January 1-7, 2024, the weekly epidemiological report of Greece’s National Health Care Organization EODY said on Thursday.

The hard indicators of Covid-19 that is deaths, hospital admissions and intubations, show an increase, the reported underlined.

ImagePositivity in tested samples: Blue COVIDD-19, Red Flu Green RSV

At the same time, the influenza activity is increasing with 14 new serious flu cases and 2 deaths in the same ISO week 01/2024.

SARS-CoV2 virus – COVID-19 infection

ISO 01/2024 (January 1-7, 2024)

  • Infections & Re-infections: 44,477 (+124)
  • Deaths: 38,470 (+93)
  • Hospital Admissions: 1,679 (-139)
  • Intubations: 78 (+8); new intubations: 37 (+6)
  • PCR+Rapid: 220,182 (+29,007)
  • Positivity (PRC+Rapid): 20.2% (-3%)

Positivity in all tested samples showed a decrease compared to the previous week.

The number of admissions (n=1,679) showed a 15% increase over the average weekly number of admissions in the previous 4 weeks (n=1,466) and was slightly higher than the number of admissions in the corresponding week of 2023 (n=1,632).

The number of new intubations (n=37) showed an increase over the average weekly number of new intubations over the previous 4 weeks (n=28) and was lower than the number of intubations in the corresponding week of 2023 (n=53).

The number of intubated patients with COVID-19 infection is 78.

There were 93 deaths of Covid-patients who had a median age of 86 years (range 56-96 years). The number of deaths showed an increase compared to the average weekly number of deaths in the previous 4 weeks (n=72) and was lower than the number of deaths in the corresponding week in 2023 (n=169).

The most frequent BA.2 sub-variant was EG.5 (42%) followed by XBB.1.5 (16%), BA.2.86 (14%) and JN.1 (13%) (provisional data)

Viral load surveillance in municipal wastewater showed an increase in SARS-CoV-2 virus circulation in 5 out of 10 areas tested.

Note that according to official data in the period September 2023-January 2024, there were:

  • 1,029 deaths (two of the patients were vaccinated)
  • 378 intubations (two of the patients vaccinated)

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Influenza virus

Influenza positivity in the community (sentinel network) remains above 10% (seasonal threshold for initiation of epidemic influenza activity according to ECDC) and shows an increasing trend.

14 new serious cases with hospitalization in ICU were recorded, while 2 new deaths from laboratory-confirmed influenza were recorded.

Four severe cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza with hospitalization in the ICU were retrospectively reported, as well as one death.

A total of 49 people with laboratory-confirmed influenza have been hospitalized in the ICU since the beginning of influenza surveillance, and 11 deaths from laboratory-confirmed influenza have been recorded.

166 influenza strains have been subtyped from hospital and community sentinel samples, of which 163 (98%) were type A and 3 (2%) were type B. In total, 142 type A strains have been subtyped at the two Influenza Reference Centers .15 (11%) belonged to subtype A(H3) and 127 (89%) to subtype A(H1)pdm09.

Influenza syndromes (regardless of the pathogen).

The number of influenza cases per 1,000 visits showed an increase compared to the previous week.

Respiratory syncytial virus – RSV

RSV positivity showed a slight decrease compared to the previous week.

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