The rise of covid in Catalonia once again puts primary care on alert

The Department of Hellowho had not held weekly press conferences for months to analyze the epidemiological situation, has summoned the media again this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. due to the worrying increase in covid-19.

This Tuesday, according to department figures, hospitalizations have increased again: There are already 1,762 patients with covid-19 (almost 400 more than last week). And also the ucis: there are already 46 patients (four more). These are figures far from those of other waves, but the incessant increase in infections (in Catalonia there are 4,000 diagnoses a day) raises fears of hospital pressure and, above all, of primary care centers.

Mortality continues to decline, with 23 deaths in the last week compared to 78 registered in the previous one.

The Information System for the Surveillance of Infections in Catalonia (SIVIC) calculates that the estimated rate of covid -the incidence- is 404 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (the previous week it was 324).

Most contagious subvariants of omicron

This growth is driven by the increased proportion of the most contagious omicron sub-variants, BA.4 and BA.5, which already represents around 60% of all samples sequenced in Catalonia.

The primary care has detected 28,475 cases in a week, which corresponds to an average of 4,000 dailylevels not seen since the end of February and early March.Concern in primary care

Thus, the pressure on primary care centers is increasing, with the aggravating circumstance that two months of the year arrive with more vacation staff, July and August.

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In the last week, outpatient clinics detected nearly 50,000 new cases of acute respiratory infections (ARI), specifically 49,660 new diagnoses: More than half were due to covid (28,475), while the cases of flu -which is going down- and bronchiolitis -stabilized- were lower (505 and 205, respectively).

Of all the samples analyzed by the sentinel system in the last week, 58% were SARS-CoV-2, followed far behind by rhinovirus (6.94%) and parainfluenza (6.31%).

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