Covid Cases Jump Over 1,600, Setting New Record in Greece



Credit: Greek Reporter

Greek health authorities announced on Friday that 1,690 new cases of the coronavirus were detected in the last 24 hours throughout the country.

This is the highest daily number of new coronavirus diagnoses in Greece since the onset of the pandemic.

At the same time, another record was set in the number of intubated patients across the country, which reached 128.

On Tuesday of this week, a new record was set of 1,211 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus, and the numbers have continued to climb nearly every day since then.

There were five deaths recorded in the last 24 hours of those who suffered with the virus, making the total of fatalities in Greece 620 since the beginning of the outbreak. Just 236, or (38.1%) were female. The median age of all the Greek citizens who succumbed with the disease was 79 years and 96.3% had some underlying disease and/or were age 70 years and over.

Earlier on Friday, Greece’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Sotiris Tsiodras, warned that the country’s health system will be under pressure, based on the epidemiological situation in the country.

Just 64 of today’s cases are associated with known outbreaks and 35 were detected following checks at the country’s gateways and borders. The total number of cases is now 37,196, including all those who have recovered from the virus, of which 55.2% are male.

A total of 4,083 (11.0%) of all the cases in Greece are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 13,107 (35.2%) have been traced back to an already known case.

The median age of all those who are now intubated in Greek hospitals is 65 years. Thirty-seven of the victims (28.9%) are women and the rest are men. Nearly all, or 92.2%, of intubated patients suffer from an underlying disease or are 70 years of age or older.

Since the outbreak of the virus, a total of 286 patients have been discharged from the ICU across Greece.