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Greece’s Coronavirus Infections Drop on Wednesday

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The number of new coronavirus infections announced by Greek health authorities fell to 2,489 on Wednesday from 3,197 on Tuesday, pushing the overall number to 369,554.

The majority of new cases were reported in Attica (1,063), followed by Thessaloniki (226) and Etoloakarnania (127).

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In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 49 infections are related to travel from abroad and 2,616 to other confirmed cases.

There are also 70 deaths from coronavirus recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 11,211. Of these, 95.2% had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old.

A total of 707 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 67 years and 82.9% have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or more. Another 2,226 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

In addition, 318 coronavirus patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours (daily change of a 8.16%). The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 357.

The median age of new infections is 44 years, while the median age of the deceased is 78.

Global coronavirus response failed

The coronavirus pandemic was preventable, an independent review panel has said.

The panel, set up by the World Health Organization, said the combined response of the WHO and global governments was a “toxic cocktail”.

The WHO should have declared a global emergency earlier than it did, its report said, adding that without urgent change the world was vulnerable to another major disease outbreak.

“The situation we find ourselves in today could have been prevented,” co-chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former president of Liberia, told reporters.

“It is due to a myriad of failures, gaps and delays in preparedness and response.”

More than 3.3 million people around the world have now died of the coronavirus.

While the US and Europe are beginning to ease restrictions and resume some aspects of pre-pandemic life, the virus is still devastating parts of Asia.

India in particular is seeing record-breaking numbers of new cases and deaths, with severe oxygen shortages in hospitals across the country.

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