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Slight Decrease in Coronavirus Cases: Intubation Numbers “Stable”

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Lockdown in Evia, Greece. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece recorded 2,691 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday — a decrease from the 3,421 cases announced on Thursday, which was 1,328 more than the number of cases that had been diagnosed just the day prior.

Friday’s case numbers reflected a welcome decrease of 730 cases over the last 24-hour period.

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A total of 63 people suffering from the virus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which represents 20 fewer individuals than those who died with the virus on Wednesday.

10,910 total coronavirus-related deaths in Greece

The 63 deaths recorded on Friday bring the death total in all those who suffered with the virus to 10,910; the total number of all those who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, including all who have recovered from it, now comes to 358,116.

A record number of tests were performed over the last 24 hours, amounting to 80,017 nationwide, using both PCR and Rapid tests; the positivity rate amounted to 4.27 %,  marked decrease over the 6.16 % that was noted yesterday.

Currently there are 749 patients being treated by intubation, compared to the 754 people suffering with the virus who were undergoing the invasive treatment on Thursday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 51.2% of all those who have been diagnosed have been male. Almost all of those who have passed away after suffering with the virus, 95.3%, also had underlying disease and / or age 70 years and older.

A total of 61,805 tests were performed in Greece during the past day, including 17,857 PCR tests and 43,948 rapid tests. The positivity rate is now 4.35%, approximately the same as yesterday’s, which was 4.27%.

Greece’s health authority EODY announced on Friday that a total of 4,736,061 clinical samples have been tested in the country’s laboratories from January 1, 2020 until today.

Of all the 749 intubated coronavirus patients now in hospitals across the country, 62.1% are male. Their median age is 67 years and 83.2% suffer from underlying disease and / or are age 70 years and older. At total of 2,165 patients have been discharged from the ICU since the beginning of the pandemic.

There were 392 admissions of new Covid-19 patients in hospitals in Greece, showing a daily increase of 5.95%. The average number of admissions per week is 391.

Of the new cases, 1,245 were recorded in Attica, 271 in Thessaloniki and 150 in Etoloakarnania.

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ECDC map showing Greece as orange when a range of factors are taken into consideration. Greece is still considered Green in terms of its positivity rate. Credit: ECDC

“The majority of those we treat are not vaccinated”

Speaking this morning on the Mega TV station, Matina Pagoni, the president of the Athens Hospital Doctors Association, stated that 35% of those who enter the ICU do not come out, adding that those who have been vaccinated “do not reach the ICU.”

Regarding the number of intubated coronavirus patients, Pagoni said that the situation is now stable, but the number of ICU patients in the country has unfortunately not decreased as much as officials would like.

“And it will not decrease for the next ten days,” she added. According to Pagoni, the majority of those hospitalized have not received any coronavirus vaccination at all.

ECDC Maps still portray Greece as “green” for positivity rate

Greece is consistently at the top of all European countries in terms of Covid-19 testing in proportion to the population, as shown in the latest weekly maps of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released yesterday.

According to the ECDC’s composite index, however, which takes into account such factors as overall infection rates, the country is still “orange,” with the Aegean and Ionian islands, as well as most of the Peloponnese, in “yellow.”

The composite index includes case numbers recorded over the last 14 days, the rate of testing nationwide and the amount of positive cases detected.

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