Saudi Arabia saw a 98 percent drop in flu cases over the past three months compared to the same time last year, a decrease that the health minister said was a result of health precautions implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Flu News Europe, a joint monitoring platform of the European center for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization which collects samples in 54 European regions, only one person was diagnosed with flu out of 4,433 sentinel tests during September to November 22.
This sentinel-source data – case figures collated by national health authorities based on samples taken by a range of community doctors – translates into a positivity rate of 0.02 percent. That rate is well below a 10 percent threshold that the WHO considers to be “epidemic” when it comes to flu.
At the same time last year, this percentage stood at 15 percent.