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Weekly report on respiratory infections: Flu “harvesting”, 137 deaths from coronavirus

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An increase in cases of flu and viruses was recorded in the last week in Greece – 109 people intubated with coronavirus – An increase in cases of the RSV virus as well

The weekly report on the respiratory infections currently circulating in Greece was published by EODY.

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As mentioned in the report, cases of influenza showed a further increase, while 137 deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded.

In summary week 51:

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Influenza syndromes (regardless of pathogen)
✓ a further increase compared to the previous week was recorded in the community
✓ the increase concerned all age groups
✓ in the age groups 0-4, 5-14 and over 65 the number of influenza subscriptions per 1,000 visits exceeded the corresponding number for the period 2019-2020 (before the pandemic)

SARS-CoV2 virus – COVID-19 infection
✓ the number of admissions for COVID-19 was at the same levels as the previous week
✓ 109 new intubations of patients with COVID-19 infection were recorded
✓ 137 deaths were recorded with a median age of 85 years (range 56-96)
✓ the BA.5 sub-variant is still the most frequent Omicron sub-variant in our country
✓ the percentage ratio of the two sub-variants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 shows an increase in relation to the other sub-variants of the BA.5 strain
✓ among BA.2 strains, the most frequently recognized sub-variant is BA.2.75
✓ surveillance of viral load in urban wastewater showed an increase in SARSCoV2 virus circulation in 3 of the 7 areas tested

Influenza virus
✓ flu positivity in the community showed a further increase
✓ 7 new serious cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza type A were registered, involving ICU patients and 2 new deaths in week 51/2022
✓ in total, from week 40/2022 to week 51/2022, 24 people with flu were hospitalized in ICU and 3 deaths of patients with laboratory-confirmed flu were recorded
✓ in total, from week 40/2022 to week 51/2022, 150 samples positive for influenza viruses were analyzed in the 2 reference centers, of which 149 (99%) were type A strains and one (1%) was type A strain B
✓ of the 149 type A strains, 147 (99%) were classified as subtype A(H3N2) and 2 (1%) as subtype A(H1N1)pdm09

Respiratory syncytial virus – RSV
✓ positivity increased compared to the previous week in a sample from mass sampling in the community (non-sentinel samples)

New arrivals of COVID-19

Total new patient admissions to the territory’s hospitals for COVID-19 in week 51/2022 were 1,250 (seven-day average: 179 admissions, -7% weekly change).

New COVID-19 intubations

The number of new intubations of patients with COVID-19 infection in week 51/2022 was 109 (63% male). The median age of patients was 76 years (range: 2-102), while 97% had an underlying disease and/or age 70 years or older.

Surveillance of severe cases of influenza

In week 51/2022, 7 new serious cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza type A were recorded, with hospitalization in ICU. These are 5 men and 2 women from 41 to 83 years old and a median age of 69 years. In total, from week 40/2022 to week 51/2022, 24 people were hospitalized with flu in the ICU.

Surveillance of deaths from COVID-19 infection

In week 51/2022 there were 137 deaths of COVID-19 patients (-12% weekly change), with a median age of 85 years (range 56-96). All of the deceased had underlying diseases and/or were 70 years of age or older.

Surveillance of influenza deaths

From week 40/2022 to week 51/2022, 3 deaths of patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza have been recorded. They are 1 man and 2 women aged 78 to 84.

Samples positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus

From weeks 09-10 of 2022 when Omicron completely prevailed until weeks 49-50 of 2022, a total of 16,532 samples were genomically analyzed.

The BA.5 strain is still the most commonly identified. Regarding the temporal evolution of the sub-variants of the BA.5 strain, in week 39 the sub-variant BQ.1 and then BQ.1.1 appeared. Among the BA.2 strains, the most frequently recognized sub-variant is BA.2.75.

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