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SARS-CoV-2 pandemic weekly: 34.7% rise in reinfections

Of the 2,633 SARS-CoV-2 tests done in North Macedonia’s laboratories on Nov. 28—Dec. 4, 195 came back positive, in 14 cities nationwide, for the airborne virus. Of them, 139 were in Skopje and 66 were confirmed reinfections, a rise of 34.7% since last week, according to official figures in the latest weekly report released by the Institute of Public Health.

Skopje, 6 December 2022 (MIA) — Of the 2,633 SARS-CoV-2 tests done in North Macedonia’s laboratories on Nov. 28—Dec. 4, 195 came back positive, in 14 cities nationwide, for the airborne virus. Of them, 139 were in Skopje and 66 were confirmed reinfections, a rise of 34.7% since last week, according to official figures in the latest weekly report released by the Institute of Public Health.

Officially, 215 people infected with SARS-CoV-2 are considered to be active cases.

Over the past week, 152 people were declared ‘recovered’ from their acute symptoms.

No SARS-CoV-2 deaths were reported over the past week.

Currently hospitalized for SARS-CoV-2 are 17 people, “a drop of 48.5% from last week,” according to the report. Of them, ten are on oxygen support (four more than last week).

Since the start of the pandemic, the country’s laboratories have performed a total of 2,197,942 coronavirus tests, officially logging 345,067 SARS-CoV-2 cases, declaring 335,261 recoveries from their infections, and confirming 21,046 reinfections.

“Of the reinfections, 27 ended in death. Also recorded were the deaths of nine pregnant women and 41 health workers,” the report says.

Amid the pandemic, 9,591 people have died in North Macedonia from SARS-CoV-2 so far. Official figures show 853 of them (8.9%) died at home and 8,738 (91.1%) died in hospital.

North Macedonia’s first case of SARS-CoV-2 was officially recorded on Feb. 26, 2020.

The highest number of reported cases on a daily basis was recorded on Jan. 24, 2022, when health authorities logged 2,344 new SARS-CoV-2 infections in a day, the report notes.

According to WHO indicators, the Institute for Public Health says, North Macedonia has wide community transmission, sublevel 1, with adequate response capacity. mr/

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