The EODY published on Thursday (9/11) the new weekly surveillance report on the cases of coronavirus, influenza and other viral respiratory infections that are on the rise in our country.
In particular, this report includes the available epidemiological data of the EODY surveillance systems for viral infections of the respiratory system (SARS-CoV-2, influenza viruses and respiratory syncytial virus – RSV) in our country for week 44/2023 (30 October 2023 – 05 November 2023).
According to the Organization, they were recorded 57 deaths by coronavirus during the reporting week, while no deaths were recorded from influenza.
The total of new patient admissions to the territory’s hospitals for COVID-19 in week 44/2023 was 781. This was a 22% decrease compared to the average weekly number of new admissions over the previous 4 weeks (average weekly number, weeks 40/2023- 43/2023: 1.006).
In summary, the EODY report:
Influenza syndromes (regardless of pathogen)
- the number of influenza cases per 1,000 visits is low
SARS-CoV2 virus – COVID-19 infection
- the positivity in all tested samples showed a decrease compared to the previous week
- the number of admissions (n=781) showed a decrease of 22% compared to the average weekly number of admissions in the previous 4 weeks and was lower than the number of admissions in the corresponding week of 2022
- the number of new intubations (n=24) showed an increase compared to the average weekly number of new intubations over the previous 4 weeks (n=21) and was lower than the number of intubations in the corresponding week of 2022
- the number of intubated patients with COVID-19 infection is 41
- 57 deaths were recorded with a median age of 87 years (range 63–96 years). The number of deaths showed a small decrease compared to the average weekly number of deaths in the previous 4 weeks (n=59) and was lower than the number of deaths in the corresponding week in 2022
- at week 42 the most frequent BA.2 sub-variant was XBB.1.5 (49%), followed by EG.5 (23%) and XBB.1.16 (16%)
- in Greece a total of 116 positive samples of the BA.2.86 sub-variant have been recorded, with sampling dates from 05 September to 20 October
- viral load surveillance in municipal wastewater showed an increase in SARSCoV-2 virus circulation in 1 of 9 areas tested
- community flu positivity remains below 10%* (sentinel)
- no new serious case with ICU hospitalization, no new death from laboratory-confirmed influenza
- from week 40/2023 to week 44/2023, 3 people with laboratory-confirmed influenza were hospitalized in ICU and 2 deaths from laboratory-confirmed influenza were recorded
- in the two influenza reference centers, from week 40/2023 to week 44/2023, 12 samples positive for influenza viruses (sentinel samples and hospital samples) have been recorded, namely 11 (92%) were type A and one (8%) ) type B. All type A strains belonged to subtype A(H1)pdm09
Respiratory syncytial virus – RSV
- no positive samples were found in the community