An outbreak of the Delta coronavirus variant at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary has seen 16 patients and six health-care workers tested positive for the variant. Six of the patients and five of the health-care workers had received two doses of the vaccine, while seven patients and one health-care worker had a single dose. The total vaccine breakthrough rate is 81.82%. All of those infected were vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine.
In Kanta-Häme hospital epidemic, about 80% of those infected with corona have received at least the first dose of vaccine. The [Delta] variant of the coronavirus has been revealed to be the cause of the hospital epidemic. “The [B.1.617.2 Delta variant] is very easily spread.” says Chief Physician of the Kanta-Häme Hospital District Sally Leskinen. According to Leskinen, it is worrying that the precautions that have stopped the spread of previous virus variants in hospitals have not been effective enough now. “The fact that the surgical mask has been used in all situations and that patients with symptoms of infection have extensive protective equipment is not enough now,” says Leskinen.
The coronavirus epidemic has spread from Hämeenlinna to Kanta-Häme Central Hospital to health center hospitals in Hämeenlinna, Riihimäki and Forssa. There are a total of 80 infected in the chains. Hämeenlinna Central Hospital has two infection chains with a total of more than 50 infections. In addition, Riihimäki Hospital has a chain of 30 infections.
“The virus is easily infected. In those wards where infections occurred before the first cases occurred and the chains of infection were curtailed, 40 percent of patients have become infected,” says Sally Leskinen. Now the spread has been stopped and no new surprising infections have been detected in hospitals. Family members of nursing staff have also become infected, which in turn has caused extensive exposure situations in schools.
The majority of nursing staff have already received two coronary vaccinations, but still in Kanta-Häme, 11 per cent of the staff of the hospital epidemic outpatient department have been infected. About half of the infected nursing staff have had symptoms, some of them more severe.
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** UPDATE 3rd August 2021 ** Eurosurveillance report:
“Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 occurred in almost every unit of the central hospital. Some exposed patients had been transferred to four of the six primary care facilities. In three of these four facilities, the outbreak spread through transfers that took place before the outbreak was detected. In the fourth facility, the transfer happened after outbreak detection and the exposed patient was quarantined and there was no further spread.”
A small-scale study on 113 healthcare workers who had received at least one vaccine dose at a private hospital in Delhi found that 18 tested positive for Covid but all except one had mild symptoms. Of the 113 in the study, 107 had received the second dose of the vaccine.
Taken in percentage form, the study found that breakthrough infections — Covid infection in vaccinated individuals — occurred in 15.9 per cent (18 persons) of the vaccinated individuals and 95 per cent had mild symptoms. Of these, 17 incurred the infection after the second dose. According to the study, of the breakthrough infections in 18 persons, 17 incurred the infection after the second dose. These 17 had got their second dose after a mean of 34.8 days following the first jab.
People who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are seeking help at A&E despite having only mild side-effects such as headaches, in the wake of the controversy over whether the jab causes blood clots.
Emergency medicine doctors in England told the Health Service Journal that a growing but unspecified number of people who were anxious after having the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab were coming to A&E units, some apparently after being advised to do so by a GP.
Dr Katherine Henderson, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, confirmed the trend to the Guardian.
“It’s definitely a thing. Colleagues across England are reporting this. All A&E departments are seeing an increase in the number of people reporting concerns after having the AstraZeneca vaccine. We are seeing people with mild headaches and persistent headaches but who are otherwise alright.
With 4,974 Covid-19 patients registered in intensive care on Monday, the peak of the second wave of the epidemic in the fall has been exceeded, according to daily figures published on Monday by the French public health agency.
The peak of the second wave was reached on November 16, with 4,903 Covid patients in intensive care. At the peak of the first wave, in the spring of 2020, that number was around 7,000.
Including Covid patients and others, nearly 9 out of 10 intensive care beds (6,833 out of 7,665 as of March 26) are currently occupied in France, according to other figures communicated to AFP by the Ministry of Health.
According to the latest data from Public Health France, stopped on Thursday, the incidence rate has further climbed in Ile-de-France to 640 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, as in Hauts-de-France, to 502.
The number of patients being treated for Covid in intensive care in Belgium has doubled in just over a month. One in four Covid patients in hospital is now in critical care.
On average in the week to 24 March 222 patients with Covid were hospitalised each day. The figure is up 26% on the week. On Wednesday 251 (-30 on the day) patients were hospitalised. 241 (+5) were discharged.
2,452 (+51) patients are currently in hospital with Covid. 637 (+31) are in intensive care. 332 (+7) are on a ventilator. In the week to 21 March on average 26 deaths a day were linked to Covid. The figure is up 6.4% on the week.
Public Health France has indicated that the Breton variant is limited to “a town in Côtes-d’Armor and the distribution of the 20C/H655Y variant therefore seems to be currently limited to this geographical area”. The geographical area is the city of Lannion.
Among the 13 confirmed cases, 11 come from the epidemic focus at the Lannion hospital center , another in the population (which is currently in strict confinement) and another in the Paris region, detected within the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital.
Of these 13 confirmed cases, the ARS also confirms 7 deaths, including 5 contaminations with the Breton variant were detected by post-mortem samples. The remaining 6 are hospitalized. “Nothing indicates for the moment that this variant would be more contagious and more severe”, wishes to underline the ARS.
“Professor Arnaud Fontanet, member of the scientific council, indicated Tuesday morning on on BFMTV that a ninth case of this Breton variant had been confirmed. According to our information, it could be a contamination spotted at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, linked to the Lannion hospital center.”
Which territories are under surveillance?
In Brittany, five agglomerations are placed under surveillance (Morlaix, Lannion, Guingamp-Paimpol, Leff Armor and Saint-Brieuc). “In these areas, more extensive samples can be taken, in addition to the classic PCR, to try to identify this variant”, informs Stéphane Mulliez, director general of the Brittany regional health agency.
A total of 240 covid-19 patients are in intensive care wards around the country, compared to only 197 ten days ago. The number of coronavirus patients who are cared for in regular wards has also increased.
Of the country’s 21 regions, 13 report an upward trend in the number of patients on IVA (ICU). Västerbotten currently has the most IVA patients per capita, with 13 inpatient IVA patients, followed by Norrbotten, Jönköping and the Västra Götaland region.
The North Jutland Region of Denmark is to vaccinate one third of a hospital ward staff at a time instead of a half. The slowdown is due to more employees reporting in sick after they have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, writes TV2 Nord.
‘Approximately 20 percent of those vaccinated experience mild side effects from the vaccine. There is nothing unusual about that. ”
“A small percentage will also experience side effects that require a few days of sick leave. In that sense, it is also normal, “says Søren Hjortshøj [Hospital].
Also in Sweden, hospital employees have become ill after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. As a result, two regions have temporarily suspended their use of the vaccine. One region is Sörmland, where about 100 out of 400 vaccinated hospital staff have experienced side effects such as fever.
The Sheba Medical Center said “the new mutations cause much more serious illness and affect younger people,” adding that most of those connected to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines are in their forties and fifties, compared to the previous waves when most were in their sixties.
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Almost a third of recovered Covid patients will end up back in hospital within five months and one in eight will die, alarming new figures have shown.
Research by Leicester University and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found there is a devastating long-term toll on survivors of severe coronavirus, with many people developing heart problems, diabetes and chronic liver and kidney conditions.
Out of 47,780 people who were discharged from hospital in the first wave, 29.4 per cent were readmitted to hospital within 140 days, and 12.3 per cent of the total died.
The coronavirus particles were found in the ventilation system at Uppsala University Hospital, including on the top floor of the building, far away from Covid-19 wards, a study shows.
During the pandemic, droplet transmission has been considered the most significant transmission route for Covid-19.
The findings suggest airborne infection may be a greater risk than previously thought, Erik Salaneck, researcher and infectious disease doctor at the University Hospital tells Swedish Radio.