According to Greece’s National Public Health Organization, 35 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been reported within the last 24 hours, with 18 imported into the country and ten of those located in Attica.
The information comes from health authorities who released the statistics on Thursday evening, July 16, bringing the number of the country’s total infections to 3,939 cases. As the number of patients have increased, so has the spread among Greece’s general population.
Traces of the Covid-19 virus have also been found in the sewage of Thessaloniki at levels similar to those found back in late April when the pandemic initially peaked in Greece.
During the period of July 1 to July 15, 2020, the National Public Health Organization recorded a total of 509 new cases of Covid-19, with 278 of them being imported. A majority of the local cases were found in Macedonia and Thrace, totaling 148.
Health authorities were happy to report that there were no new deaths in the last ten days, despite the number of patients in hospitals increasing from 41 on June 30 to 93 on July 16.
Officials speculate that the increase in the number of infections is due to both Greece opening its borders to tourists who have already been infected with the virus as well as a general relaxation of health measures.
In response to the rising number of cases, Greece’s Head of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias, will hold a live briefing every week to update the country on the progress of the pandemic.
The first briefing is scheduled to take place at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.