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SARS-CoV-2 pandemic weekly: Ten deaths, 203 new cases, 61 reinfections

Of the total of 3,065 PCR and rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 done in the country’s laboratories Jan. 9 through Jan. 15, 203 came back positive, in 25 cities nationwide, for the airborne virus. Of them, 123 were in Skopje and 61 were confirmed reinfections, according to official figures in the latest weekly report released by the Institute of Public Health. Health officials also logged ten deaths from SARS-CoV-2.

Skopje, 17 January 2023 (MIA) — Of the total of 3,065 PCR and rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 done in the country’s laboratories Jan. 9 through Jan. 15, 203 came back positive, in 25 cities nationwide, for the airborne virus. Of them, 123 were in Skopje and 61 were confirmed reinfections, according to official figures in the latest weekly report released by the Institute of Public Health. Health officials also logged ten deaths from SARS-CoV-2.

According to the latest official figures, seven of the ten people whose deaths from SARS-CoV-2 were reported last week died in Skopje; one person died in Kumanovo; one person died in Prilep; and one person died in Kavadarci.

Officially, 204 people infected with SARS-CoV-2 are considered to be active cases.

Over the past week, 245 people were declared ‘recovered’ from their acute symptoms.

Currently hospitalized for SARS-CoV-2 are 32 people, 6.7% more than last week. Of them, 14 are on oxygen support — 16.7% more than last week — and no patients are currently on a life-support ventilator machine.

Since the start of the pandemic, the country’s laboratories have performed a total of 2,213,883 coronavirus tests (of which 66.3% PCR tests and 33.6% rapid antigen tests), officially logging 346,297 SARS-CoV-2 cases, declaring 336,460 recoveries, and confirming 21,445 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, 9,633 people have died in North Macedonia from SARS-CoV-2 so far.

The R0 of the virus, as estimated by the public health officials, is currently 0.94.

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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