A total of 1,070 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Greece on Thursday, 81 fewer than the 1,151 cases that were recorded in the country one day earlier, on Wednesday.
Alarming health officials, a great number of Thursday’s 1,070 cases were diagnosed in Attica, where 533 Covid-19 diagnoses were recorded.
Attica is home to Athens, the capital and most populous city in Greece.
Cases are particularly high in Athens itself — where a total of 129 cases were recorded in the center of the city. In the city’s western and southern suburbs, 101 and 80 cases were diagnosed respectively on Thursday.
In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, a total of 87 cases were identified in the last 24 hours.
A total of 81 cases were recorded in the region of Achaea, located in the northwestern Peloponnese.
Tragically, 25 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is two fewer than those recorded yesterday.
Currently, 249 patients with Covid-19 are now intubated in Greece, three more than those who were intubated in the country on Wednesday.
Attica’s wastewater indicates rapidly increasing viral load
According to research conducted on Attica’s wastewater, the viral load, or the amount of coronavirus present in the samples, has increased by 180% in the last week.
Scientists from the University of Athens, where they conduct the analysis of Attica’s wastewater, believe that the viral load could reach 200% in the next few days.
This is a stunning jump from the 45% increase in the viral load recorded in the country just last week.
According to Professor Nikolaos Thomaidis, who heads the team, a 200% increase in the viral load does not necessarily mean that there has been 200% surge in cases, but it does indicate that the virus is spreading rapidly in the region.
Total 160,935 Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Greece
In total, 160,935 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, 6,002 are associated with foreign travel, and 50,974 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 249 patients intubated currently, 85.5% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 70, and 179 of the patients are male.
Additionally, a total of 1,149 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 25 new deaths recorded on Thursday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 5,903. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 3,367 have been male.
The median age of those who passed away with Covid-19 is 79, and 95.6% of them were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.