The quick-spreading coronavirus variant, first identified in the UK in November, has now unfortunately been detected in regions across Greece. In total, 59 cases of the mutation have been diagnosed in the country.
So far, all of these cases of the coronavirus variant have been identified in Athens and Crete.
However, officials indicate that a number of cases of the viral mutation may now have been found in northern Greece, particularly in the city of Thessaloniki.
The presence of the fast-spreading, possibly more dangerous, mutation in Greece may throw the country off its track toward lightening up on its restrictive lockdown and anti-virus measures.
In mid-January, retail stores reopened in Greece after two months of strict lockdown. Widespread reports of crowding in the shopping districts of cities across the country has caused concern amongst health officials.
Coronavirus variant first found in Greece in early January
Cases of the variant were first recorded in Greece in early January, after the country conducted further testing on samples already taken from travelers who tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in Greece from the UK.
Since its discovery in the UK in November, the fast-spreading coronavirus mutation has been diagnosed in dozens of countries across the globe.
Scientists have determined that the mutation spreads much more quickly than the non-variant virus.
This has led officials to urge citizens to take even stricter anti-virus precautions, including wearing two masks, to best prevent any transmission of the variant.
Additionally, although the data is still under review, early indications have shown that the UK coronavirus variant may be more lethal than the standard virus as well.
Although more testing is required, most scientists are convinced that the widely-effective Covid vaccines will protect those inoculated from variants such as this one.
Total 842 cases of Covid-19, 21 deaths recorded Tuesday
A total of 842 Covid-19 cases were diagnosed in Greece on Tuesday, 406 more than the 436 cases that were recorded in the country one day earlier, on Monday.
Tragically, 21 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is just four less than those recorded yesterday.
Currently, 283 patients with Covid-19 are now intubated in Greece, three fewer than those who were intubated in the country on Monday.
The bulk of Tuesday’s cases were diagnosed in Attica, home to the capital city of Athens, where 427 cases were identified.
A total of 113 cases were found in the center of Athens, and 67 cases of the virus were recorded in the city’s western suburbs.
In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, a total of 65 cases were diagnosed.
Total 153,226 Cases of Covid-19 Diagnosed in Greece
In total, 153,226 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, 5,874 are associated with foreign travel, and 47,407 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 283 patients intubated currently, 87.3% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 68, and 200 of the patients are male.
Additionally, a total of 1,080 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 21 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 5,692. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 3,351 have been male.
The median age of those who passed away with Covid-19 is 79, and 95.4% of them were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.