Viral load in Thessaloniki wastewater tending to increase, data shows

File photo: Regarding the average value in the week between February 22-28, it is increased by 10 pct compared to the average value of the previous week (February 15-21). ANA-MPA/ANA – MPA/A. CHYRAS




The viral load in the wastewater of Thessaloniki is tending to increase day by day, based on measurements taken the Sewage Epidemiology Team of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) with EYATH, in collaboration with the Region of Central Macedonia and in the framework of the National Public Health Organisation (NPHO) network.

Specifically, the average value of the two most recent measurements, on Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2, is increased by 10 pct compared to the average value of the two immediately preceding measurements, ie Friday, February 26, and Sunday, February 28. Comparing the measurements from Monday and Tuesday to the corresponding measurements on Monday, February 22, and Tuesday February 23, the average price is increased by 50 pct, giving a clearer picture of the gradual upward trend.

Regarding the average value in the week between February 22-28, it is increased by 10 pct compared to the average value of the previous week (February 15-21).

“Observing the daily measurements, one can see a gradual deterioration of the epidemiological picture, which is also reflected in the clinical picture, of the confirmed cases and hospital admissions. The unknown factor in relation to our experience in Thessaloniki in the autumn remains the mutated and much more contagious strains of the virus, which are present in the community, posing the threat of a faster escalation in the spread of the virus, which will intensify the pressure on the health system,” said the rector of AUTh and head of the research project, Prof. Nikos Papaioannou, to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

Source: ANA – MPA

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