Greece Records Four More Coronavirus Deaths; Cases Top 1,000



Greek authorities announced on Saturday that four people died from COVID-19 infection bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 32.

95 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Greece in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of cases to 1,061.

Of those who died, 25 were men and 7 were women, with an average age of 73 years. 69 patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units.

Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis warned Saturday that strict lockdown measures will persist “well beyond April 6,” the end-date initially announced.

Georgiadis remarked that Greece took draconian measures ahead of several other countries and that these measures seem to work. “Measures restricting movement will last well beyond April 6,” he warned.

“They will last until the scientists have assured us we have vanquished the virus.”

Europe

Spain has seen another record single-day death toll after 832 people died between Friday and Saturday, bringing the total number of those who have lost their lives to the coronavirus in the country to 5,690.

As of today, Spain has confirmed 72,248 cases of the virus, up from 64,059 on Friday.

In the UK, The Department of Health said another 260 people have died in the last 24 hours as of 5pm on Friday, marking a dramatic one-day rise from 759 – by far the largest since the outbreak began.

The total number of deaths is now 34 percent higher than the equivalent figure yesterday, the largest day-on-day percentage increase since March 18, when the total rose from 71 to 104 – a 46 percent jump.

Italy recorded  on Friday the highest daily rise in deaths anywhere since the outbreak began, with 969 fatalities.

According to Italy’s ANSA news agency, there have now been 9,134 deaths in Italy due to the coronavirus pandemic.

USA

The number of known US infections surpassed 100,000, with more than 1,600 dead.

More than a third of the country’s cases are in New York — which has been in a partial lockdown for a week as officials try to slow the spread of the virus and hospitals scramble to keep up with the patients streaming in.

The rate of new cases appears to be slowing in New York, but the governor says it may take 21 days for the state to hit its peak — the highest point of reported cases before that number begins going down.