A total of 1,047 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Greece on Tuesday, a staggering increase from the 571 new cases that had been recorded in the country on Monday.
Tragically, 58 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour-period, which is eight fewer than yesterday.
Currently, 458 patients with Covid-19 are intubated in Greece, nine fewer than those who were intubated in the country on Monday.
A large portion of Tuesday’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 327 cases. In the center of Athens, 98 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed.
A total of 197 new cases were recorded in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city.
In total, 136,976 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, 5,380 are associated with foreign travel, and 40,566 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 458 patients intubated currently, 80.1% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 67, and 140 of the patients are female.
A total of 877 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 58 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 4,730. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 1,923 have been female.
The median age of those who passed away with Covid-19 is 79, and 95.5% of them were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.
Changes to Lockdown Measures
On Tuesday, in his last press conference regarding Covid-19 for the year 2020, Greek Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Chardalias announced changes to strict lockdown measures in certain areas of Greece.
The strict lockdown measures currently in place have been extended to January 6 in Elefsina, Aspropygos, Eordaea, Voio, and Kozani, where the viral load has remained high despite the draconian measures.
Similar lockdowns in Servia, Velventos, and Mandra-Eidyllia are no longer in place, Chardalias announced Tuesday.
The strict measures include a curfew from from 6 PM until 5 AM and the closure of all non-essential businesses and farmers markets.
All religious services, apart from funerals, which are limited to ten guests, are on hold in regions under the strict lockdown.
In order to acquire a full picture of the epidemiological status of the impacted areas, Chardalias announced that the state will continue to conduct mass testing and extensive contact tracing in order to best curb the spread of Covid-19 in Greece.