Total deaths with Covid-19 have surpassed 5,000 in Greece, as 54 people with the virus passed away in the country on Monday.
Yesterday, Sunday, 36 people people lost their lives with the virus in Greece, which is 18 fewer than Monday’s figure.
The 54 new deaths recorded on Monday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 5,011. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 2,976 have been male.
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.
Greece Records 427 Cases Monday
A total of 427 Covid-19 cases were diagnosed in Greece on Monday, which is 37 more than the 390 cases that had been recorded in the country just one day earlier, on Sunday.
Currently, 407 patients with Covid-19 are intubated in Greece, 14 fewer than those who were intubated in the country on Sunday.
A large portion of Monday’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 173 cases. A total of 64 new cases were recorded in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city.
In total, 140,526 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, 5,478 are associated with foreign travel, and 42,054 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 407 patients intubated currently, 82.1% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 68, and 268 of the patients are male.
A total of 902 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
UK Covid-19 Variant
Notably, Greece has detected four cases of the new coronavirus variant in people who recently traveled into the country from Britain.
The fast-spreading Covid variant, first found in the UK, has also been identified on Cyprus. A total of 12 cases of the mutation have been diagnosed in the island nation.
The cases of the new variant were discovered after Cyprus conducted further tests of samples taken from those who had arrived in the country from the UK and tested positive for Covid-19.
It is currently unclear whether the new variant is leads to more severe cases of the virus or not, but scientists have determined that the mutation spreads much faster than the non-variant coronavirus.
Greek Church Defies Closures
The Greek Church, after a decision by the holy Synod, stood defiant on Monday after a governmental decree ordering them to shut their doors in a much stricter enforcement of the coronavirus lockdown measures.
All churches and other places of worship will be shuttered and the traditional celebration of the Epiphany on January 7 will not take place in the government’s measure, which is meant to limit the further spread of the coronavirus.
After its Monday meeting, the Holy Synod, the governing body of the Church of Greece, issued a statement saying that said that its churches would open just as originally planned for the Feast of the Epiphany on Wednesday, celebrating the liturgy and the iconic “blessing of the waters” ceremonies, which are a highly-anticipated part of the celebrations of the day every year.
The religious body additionally accused the government of failing to consult with it before it handed down the new, much stricter measures on Saturday.