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Coronavirus Death Toll Rises in Greece As Tourist Season Kicks Off

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The seafront of Thessaloniki. Credit: Greek Reporter

EODY, Greece’s Public Health Organization announced on Sunday that a total of 50 new coronavirus deaths had been recorded in the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll of the pandemic in the country to 11,415.

Additionally, EODY announced that 1,262 new coronavirus infections had been reported in the last twenty-four-hour period.

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This is a major decrease from the 1,957 on Saturday and 2,188 people who had been diagnosed on Friday. Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed a total of 377,093 infections.

95.2 percent of those who have died in Greece with the COVID-19 infection suffered from an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or above.

A total of 656 coronavirus patients are now on ventilators in hospitals, down from a total of 661 on Saturday, 677 on Friday, and 707 the day prior. Their median age is 67 years and approximately 82.5 percent suffer from an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Sixty-two percent of these patients are male.

On a positive note, approximately 2,300 people have been discharged from ICUs in Greece since the pandemic began in the country in February 2020.

Greece hopes for a rebirth of Coronavirus-hit tourism in 2021

Greece’s tourism representatives expect the strengthening of the Greek “brand” during this year’s tourist season, Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said on Saturday.

“As Greece won the ”health bet” last year, something that was internationally recognized, this year, Greece will once again bet on it,” Theoharis underlined in a statement he made to state-run AMNA news agency on Saturday.

“Greece’s brand,” the minister explained “is strengthened when someone can come to Greece with clear rules that do not change, and when he comes, he finds that everything works perfectly and he returns safely to his country.”

“We are re-opening tourism with safety, health protection but also with professionalism, optimism and will in order to welcome visitors,” Theoharis stressed adding that “Greece offers what people need. Moments of calm and carefree on the road to normalcy.”

Theoharis reiterated this year’s central motto of Greek tourism which is “All You Want is Greece” and referred to Greece’s international campaign accompanied by 5 videos that are already online.

Regarding the quantitative goals of this year, Theoharis pointed out that he will be happy, not with the numbers that Greece will achieve, but with maintaining the quality at all levels.

In any case, he estimated that this year can be significantly better than last year. In view of the increase in tourist flows compared to last year, the minister focused on the unprecedented, as he was characterized it, campaign of promoting Greece abroad, stressing that in England alone, there are 13 advertising campaigns in cooperation with airlines and tour operators.

It is noted that Greece has already opened up its tourism sector both for domestic and international visitors, who wish to visit the country’s thousands of seaside resorts.

With information from AMNA

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