Greek News Covid-19 Cases Jump as Greece Mulls Hard Lockdown

Covid-19 Cases Jump as Greece Mulls Hard Lockdown

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A total of 1,526 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Greece on Tuesday, 888 more than the 638 cases that were recorded in the country just one day earlier, on Monday.

Alarming health officials, a great number of Tuesday’s 1,526 cases were diagnosed in Attica, where 705 Covid-19 diagnoses were recorded.

Attica is home to Athens, the capital and most populous city in Greece.

Due to the substantial transmission rate in Attica, and particularly in the center of Athens, where 206 cases of the virus were identified Tuesday, officials are mulling a strict lockdown for the region.

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to announce a series of lockdown measures for Attica during an address to the nation tonight.

The measures are said to resemble those in place during the country’s nationwide lockdown in March, when all non-essential businesses were closed, even for curbside pickup.

In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, a total of 174 cases were identified in the last 24 hours.

Tragically, 20 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is five fewer than those recorded yesterday.

Currently, 277 patients with Covid-19 are now intubated in Greece, one fewer than those who were intubated in the country on Monday.

Cases of UK variant diagnosed in Attica, Thessaloniki

A total of 15 cases of the fast-spreading UK variant were diagnosed in Greece on Tuesday.

Testing of positive Covid-19 samples proved that nine cases of the variant were found in Thessaloniki, and just one in Attica in the last 24 hours.

A total of five instances of the UK variant were diagnosed during testing at Greece’s points of entry.

Since the UK variant was first diagnosed in the country in January, 412 cases of the mutation have been identified in Greece.

Total 166,067 Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Greece

In total, 166,067 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, 6,061 are associated with foreign travel, and 52,913 are associated with contact with a known case.

Of the 277 patients intubated currently, 85.2% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 70, and 200 of the patients are male.

Additionally, a total of 1,176 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The 20 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 6,017. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 3,534 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.