Portugal and Spain are the only countries in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) where cases of Covid-19 are increasing among the elderly population, according to data released today by the ECDC.
Lisbon, Portugal | According to information from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the incidence of new cases of Covid-19 in 14 days in Europe remains at high levels in people over 65 years old, although it has fallen by the fourth week.
The drop, according to the ECDC, stood at 18% and the incidence, with data recorded up to 24 April, was 1,014 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with Poland below 40, Sweden and Romania between 40 and 100. , Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Netherlands and Norway between 100 and 300 and another 22 countries above 300 new cases.
For those over 65, the average incidence in the EU/EEA is 973 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, down 8%, although it represents 75% of the maximum reached during the pandemic on the continent, so the ECDC considers it important to continue to monitor the situation up close.
The hospitalization rate, with data from 17 of the 30 countries in the region, dropped from 9.3 per 100,000 inhabitants to 8.8 in the last week.
Admission to intensive care, with data from 12 countries, was 0.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, one tenth less.
The ECDC noted that the weekly Covid-19 testing rate dropped 17% in the last week to 2,384 per 100,000 population, while the average test positivity was 15.5%, nearly four percentage points lower. The 14-day mortality rate, down for the second week in a row, was 19.2 per 1 million, down 19%.
One hundred percent of the registered cases correspond to the Ómicron variant and, of these, 95.5% correspond to the BA2 subvariant.
According to the data, 83.4% of the population over 18 years of age are fully vaccinated, a percentage that drops to 72.6% of the total population, although coverage values vary significantly between different countries.
The data also indicate that 64% of those over 18 years of age (53.2% of the total population) received the booster dose. For the next week, a trend towards a decrease in new cases and an increase in hospitalizations and deaths is expected, although the ECDC warns of the poor reliability of the forecasts due to changes in testing criteria and notification procedures.
Covid-19 has caused more than six million deaths worldwide since the disease was detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, central China.
The rapidly spreading and mutating Ómicron variant has become dominant in the world since it was first detected in November in South Africa.
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