Greece recorded 4,165 total cases of the coronavirus across the country on Tuesday, just days after health officials warned of a coming fourth wave in the nation. A total of 3,973 cases had been recorded on Monday.
In the past 24 hours, 384,967 coronavirus tests, both PCR and rapid, were conducted. The positivity rate in the country sits at 1.08%.
The average age of those who tested positive for the virus in Greece is 39, and the average age of those who have died with the virus is 78.
A total of just seven of Tuesday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 380 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece.
Tragically, 25 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period.
Warnings of a fourth wave of the coronavirus in Greece
Mina Gaga, Greece’s deputy Minister of Health, stated in a radio interview last Thursday that “the fourth wave of the pandemic has already started” in Greece, where there are “more than 3,000 cases each day.”
“We have to be very careful… we are entering a difficult period because we have the Winter ahead of us,” Gaga continued.
The situation in northern Greece is particularly worrying, as specialists have witnessed a large increase in cases there, and vaccination rates in the region remain low.
In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, the epidemiological weight has remained high consistently.
The great majority of those who are positive for the coronavirus and are currently on ventilators in hospitals in northern Greece are unvaccinated.
As most of those with the virus that are currently treated in intensive care units in northern Greece have not received the shot, and transmission of the virus is increasing, the units have reached nearly 90% capacity, Added: Vana Papaevangelou, a Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, stated.
“The progression of the pandemic in areas with low vaccination rates remains worrying,” she noted.
There has also been an increase in new cases among older people, which brings with it higher hospitalization and death rates.
Papaevangelou stressed that the coronavirus vaccine, which studies have shown is highly safe and effective, is the only way to prevent an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.
“In Greece, those who are vaccinated are 11 times less likely to die from Covid (than the unvaccinated).”
841 coronavirus cases in Attica, 591 in Thessaloniki
Of the 4,156 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 841 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
In the city of Athens, a total of 395 cases of Covid-19 were identified Tuesday.
In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 591 cases of the virus were identified on Thursday.
Over 700,000 cases of Coronavirus recorded in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 724,571 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the 380 patients intubated currently, 79.5% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 66.
The majority of those who are on ventilators in Greece, or 86.05%, are unvaccinated against the coronavirus.
Additionally, a total of 3,290 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 25 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 15,707.