Greek health authorities announced on Sunday that a patient hospitalized at the AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki has died from coronavirus, bringing the total fatalities in the country to four. Total cases in the country have jumped to 331, with 103 new cases recorded on Sunday.
According to Professor of infectious diseases and Health Ministry spokesperson Sotiris Tsiodras 51 patients are being hospitalized, 8 are in intensive care at hospitals in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras while 10 have been discharged.
“There is no reason for panic” he said adding that the assumed measures are expected to bring results in the next two to three weeks.
The latest victim was a 53-year-old male who was working at the hospital of Kastoria, northern Greece. He is the youngest fatality thus far, but like the other three, had a serious underlying disease.
On Saturday two people died from the disease. One of the victims was a 92-year-old patient, from the town of Ptolemaida, northern Greece. He had been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus on March 11. Two of his relatives have also tested positive.
The second fatality was 67-year-old man hospitalized on the island of Zakynthos since Thursday who was among the group of travelers to Israel and Egypt at the end of February. He is the second fatality from that group.
On Thursday, a 66-year-old man died at a hospital in Patras, he was a retired teacher, from Amaliada, Peloponnese. He was also among that group of 53 people who had just returned from a group trip to Egypt.
Greece is in virtual lock-down as authorities have shut schools, universities, museums, theaters and all sport events. On Sunday authorities announced that they will impose crowd controls on supermarkets starting Monday to prevent overcrowding and prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Late on Saturday, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis ordered authorities to close all organized beaches and ski resorts.