Drop in number of Covid-19 patient admissions – No flu deaths in the last week
The weekly respiratory infections report was released by EODY, presenting the data on COVID-19, influenza and the RSV virus.
Influenza syndromes (regardless of pathogen)
✓ there was an increase compared to the previous week in the community
✓ the increase concerned the 15-64 and >65 age groups
SARS-CoV2 virus – COVID-19 infection
✓ positivity in all tested samples remained at the same levels as last week
✓ the number of admissions for COVID-19 showed a decrease compared to the previous week. This was a 3.4% decrease compared to the average weekly number of new arrivals over the previous 4 weeks.
✓ the number of new intubations showed a small increase compared to the previous week. There was a 7% increase over the average weekly number of new intubations over the previous 4 weeks.
✓ the number of patients with COVID-19 infection who are hospitalized with intubation is 95
✓ 89 deaths were recorded with a median age of 83 years (range 61-96)
✓ the BA.5 sub-variant is the most frequent Omicron sub-variant
✓ the sub-variant BQ.1.1. is the most frequent sub-variant of BA.5
✓ the most frequent sub-variant of BA.2 remains BA.2.75 (43%), followed by sub-variant XBB.1.5 (25%) and sub-variants XBB and CH.1.1 with a percentage of 15%
✓ surveillance of viral load in municipal wastewater showed increased circulation of SARSCoV2 virus in 5 out of 10 areas tested
✓ flu positivity in the community has decreased
✓ no new severe case of laboratory-confirmed influenza with ICU hospitalization, nor new death from laboratory-confirmed influenza
✓ from week 40/2022 to week 09/2023, 65 people were hospitalized with influenza in
ICU and 21 deaths were recorded
✓ during the same period, 297 samples positive for influenza viruses (sentinel samples and hospital samples) were recorded in the two influenza reference centers, of which 278 (94%) were type A strains and 16 (6%) were type B strains
✓ of the 276 type A strains subtyped, 256 (93%) were classified to subtype A(H3N2) and 20 (7%) to subtype A(H1N1)pdm09
Respiratory syncytial virus – RSV
✓ positivity decreased
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