In a statement to the public, Vana Papaevangelou, Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Athens and member of the special coronavirus committee, said that Greece’s ICUs are now at 51% capacity.
In the region of Attica, however, intensive care units are operating at 83% capacity.
Attica is home to Athens, the capital and most populous city in Greece.
Transmission of the virus is particularly high in the center of Athens, where 194 cases of the virus were identified on Friday.
In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 128 cases were identified in the last 24 hours.
Tragically, 21 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is one fewer than those recorded yesterday.
Currently, 293 patients with Covid-19 are now intubated in Greece, 12 more than those who were intubated in the country on Thursday.
Achaea, Evia under lockdown
Nikos Chardalias, Greek Minister for Civil Protection, announced on Friday that two more Greek regions, Achaea and Evia, will now be under strict lockdown.
A total of 95 cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the region of Achaea in the Peloponnese, home to the city of Patra, in the past 24 hours.
On Evia, Greece’s second-largest island, 56 instances of the coronavirus were diagnosed Friday.
Under the strict lockdown measures, all non-essential businesses, including hair and nail salons, will be closed, even for curbside pickup.
Additionally, all schools will cease in-person classes and move to an entirely virtual curriculum.
These measures will be in effect starting on Saturday, February 13.
Total 170,244 Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Greece
In total, 170,244 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, 6,086 are associated with foreign travel, and 54,695 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 293 patients intubated currently, 86.3% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 70, and 213 of the patients are male.
Additionally, a total of 1,204 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 21 new deaths recorded on Friday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 6,077. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 3,574 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.