A total of 436 Covid-19 cases were diagnosed in Greece on Monday, 102 more than the 334 cases that were recorded in the country one day earlier, on Sunday.
Tragically, 25 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24 hour period, which is just one less than those recorded yesterday.
Currently, 286 patients with Covid-19 are now intubated in Greece, six fewer than those who were intubated in the country on Sunday.
A large portion of Monday’s cases were diagnosed in the areas surrounding Greece’s two largest urban centers — Athens and Thessaloniki.
In Attica, home to the capital city of Athens, there were 207 cases, 44 of which were diagnosed in the center of Athens. A total of 32 new cases were recorded in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city.
New instances of the coronaviruses have jumped in Evia, Greece’s second largest island, where 21 cases were diagnosed on Monday.
Total 152,412 Cases of Covid-19 Diagnosed in Greece
In total, 152,412, cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of this total, 5,863 are associated with foreign travel, and 47,124 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 286 patients intubated currently, 86.4% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 68, and 204 of the patients are male.
Additionally, a total of 1,070 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 25 new deaths recorded on Monday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 5,671. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 3,343 have been male.
The median age of those who passed away with Covid-19 is 79, and 95.4% of them were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.
Over 176,000 Greeks vaccinated
In a statement, General Secretary of Primary Health Care Marios Themistokleous announced Monday that over 176,000 Greeks have been vaccinated against the coronavirus so far.
Nearly 17,000 people were inoculated on Monday alone in Greece. Starting Friday, those aged 80-84 in Greece were able to book appointments for the vaccine.
Additionally, the country received a shipment with a total of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday. By the end of March, the country expects to have received a total of 1,415,000 doses of the company’s shot.
Open stores encouraged mass movement over the weekend
Greeks left their homes en masse to shop and enjoy the nice weather this weekend.
According to a statement released by Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Greece’s Minister of Digital Governance, the country recorded a stunning 20% increase in SMS messages sent by Greeks leaving their homes this past weekend.
During the past week, when stores first reopened, there was a 13% jump in SMS messages.
According to Greece’s anti-virus measures, Greeks are permitted to shop for a total of two hours after sending an SMS to the country’s toll-free 13033 number.
After images of crowding in the country’s retail areas caused shock, many theorized that shoppers had been sending messages to shop, deleting them after two hours passed, and sending new ones in order to continue their shopping sprees.
Pierrakakis stated Monday that it is currently impossible to regulate this activity digitally, and recommend increased checks in high-traffic areas.
The Minister of Digital Governance also hinted at the creation of an app, specifically for those hoping to shop, that would include a timer, so as to avoid rule-breaking and crowding amongst shoppers.
In a statement, the Ministry also advised shoppers to stick to the rules in order to avoid being hit with a fine.
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