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Greece weekly report: 73 died of COVID-19, 8 of flu

Covid-related deaths and hospital admissions eased in the past week after a dramatic spike over the holidays, but the number of Covid-19 deaths remained high with 73 fatalities. Greece’s National Health organization EODY said in its weekly report for the week January 15-21 published on Thursday.

At the same time, the flu is in its peak with 19 serious infections cases and 8 deaths, EODY stressed.

Community SARS-CoV2 positivity and all hard COVID-19 indicators are decreasing. The positivity for flu also recorded a decrease, although it still shows intense activity. In the week of January 15-21, according to the epidemiological report of the EODY, 19 new serious cases of influenza with hospitalization in ICU and 8 new deaths were recorded.

SARS-CoVa COVID-19

  • ISO week 03/2024  (15 – 21 Ιαν. 2024)
  • Infections+Reinfections: 19,118 (-12,866)
  • Deaths: 38,724 (+73)
  • Hospital admissions: 842 (-320)
  • Intubations: 69 (+1) New intubations: 29 (+1)
  • PCR+Rapid tests: 193,112 (-35,349)
  • Positivity (PRC+Rapid): 9.9% (-4.1)

The positivity in all tested samples showed a significant decrease compared to the previous week.

The number of hospital admissions (n=842) showed a 45% decrease compared to the average weekly number of admissions in the previous 4 weeks (n=1,539) and was lower than the number of admissions in the corresponding week of 2023 (n=1,535).

The number of new intubations (n=29) showed a decrease compared to the average weekly number of new intubations over the previous 4 weeks (n=32) and was lower than the number of intubations in the corresponding week of 2023 (n=51).

The number of intubated patients with COVID-19 infection is 69.

There were 73 deaths with a median age of 87 years (range 52-97 years). The number of deaths showed a decrease compared to the average weekly number of deaths in the previous 4 weeks (n=101) and was lower than the number of deaths in the corresponding week in 2023 (n=183).

The most frequent sub-variant of BA.2 was JN.1 ranging around 50%, followed by EG.5 (30%). Viral load surveillance in urban wastewater showed a reduction in SARS-CoV-2 virus circulation in 8 of the 9 areas tested.

Influenza virus

Influenza positivity in the community (sentinel network) remains above 10% (seasonal threshold for initiation of epidemic influenza activity according to ECDC) and showed a significant decrease compared to the previous week.

19 new serious cases with hospitalization in ICU were recorded, while 8 new deaths from laboratory-confirmed influenza were recorded.

A total of 85 people with laboratory-confirmed influenza have been hospitalized in the ICU since the beginning of influenza surveillance, and 25 deaths from laboratory-confirmed influenza have been recorded.

235 influenza strains were subtyped from hospital and community sentinel samples, of which 232 (99%) were type A and 3 (1%) were type B. In total, 214 type A strains were subtyped at the two Influenza Reference Centers .198 (92.5%) belonged to the A(H1)pdm09 subtype and 16 (7.5%) to the A(H3) subtype.

Influenza syndromes (regardless of pathogen)

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

Respiratory syncytial virus – RSV

RSV positivity in Sentinel PPH samples showed a decrease compared to the previous week.

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