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The incidence of influenza decreases and is at values ​​similar to covid

The flu consolidates the decrease in its incidence in Catalonia, with levels similar to a covid that continues to stabilize downwards, according to the sentinel system of epidemiological surveillance of the Department of Health of the Generalitat.

The weekly bulletin of the Information Plan for Acute Respiratory Infections in Catalonia (PIDIRAC) -the new reinforced SIVIC system is not yet 100% operational- indicates that, in week 15 of the year (from April 11 to 17), the flu syndrome rate is 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

It is thus located at a low epidemic level and decreasing for the second consecutive week, after the peak of 121 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in week 13 of the year.

Influenza represents 12% of all acute respiratory infections (ARI) in Catalonia, although of the 24 isolated virus samples analyzed in the laboratory, half were influenza (12) and only one was SARS-CoV-2.

The covid rate in the sentinel population (from a selection of samples, without counting on all the tests) is 127 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which remains stable compared to the previous week and represents 18% of the total number of cases. acute respiratory infections.

The system detects an excess mortality of 16% between March 28 and April 13 (expected deaths compared to the same period of previous years), with an affectation mainly in people older than 74 years.

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