A total of 1,195 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Greece on Friday, 125 more than the 1,070 cases that were recorded in the country one day earlier, on Thursday.
Alarming health officials, a great number of Friday’s 1,195 cases were diagnosed in Attica, where 558 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 138 cases were recorded in the center of the city. In the city’s western suburbs, 102 cases were diagnosed on Friday.
In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, a total of 150 cases were identified in the last 24 hours.
Tragically, 19 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is six fewer than those recorded yesterday.
Currently, 246 patients with Covid-19 are now intubated in Greece, three fewer than those who were intubated in the country on Thursday.
Transmission of UK Covid variant increases
A total of 23 cases of the fast-spreading variant of covid-19, first identified in the UK, have been diagnosed in Greece on Friday.
Of the total samples of the viral mutation found in the country, the majority, 12, were diagnosed in Thessaloniki.
Chalkidiki, located just outside of the northern Greek city, recorded six instances of the variant, and one was found in the central Macedonian region of Pieria, where the town of Katerini is located.
The remaining four cases of the mutation were discovered during testing of samples taken at Greece’s points of entry.
Ban on visitors to Mount Athos extended
The ban on visitors to the sacred region of Mount Athos, called “the Holy Mountain,” has been extended until at least February 28.
The decision was made in order to protect the monks living in the region’s many monasteries from the coronavirus.
The Holy Mountain is an autonomous polity within the nation of Greece.
Total 162,107 Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Greece
In total, 162,107 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, 6,010 are associated with foreign travel, and 51,438 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 246 patients intubated currently, 86.6% 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 1,155 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 19 new deaths recorded on Friday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 5,922. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 3,485 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.