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Coronavirus Cases Spike to 1,400 in Greece on Thursday

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A total of 1,400 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Greece on Thursday, spiking sharply yet again after the country recorded 755 cases of the virus just one day earlier, on Wednesday.

The cases diagnosed on Tuesday represent 645 more than those recorded in the country just one day before.

Nearly half of the 1,400 cases diagnosed in Greece were found in Attica, where a total of 687 instances of the coronavirus were identified.

Athens, Greece’s capital and largest city, is located in the region of Attica.

Transmission of the virus is particularly high in the center of Athens, where 176 cases of the virus were identified on Thursday.

In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 160 cases of Covid-19 were identified in the last 24 hours.

Tragically, 27 people with the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is 14 more than those recorded Wednesday.

Currently, 320 patients with Covid-19 are intubated in Greece, seven more than those who were intubated in the country on Wednesday.

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The ECDC’s comprehensive coronavirus map, released on February 18. Credit: ECDC

Greece loses “green zones” on ECDC coronavirus map

Greece, once the only European country with “green” areas on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC) coronavirus map, has now become red and yellow.

The ECDC releases a series of maps each Thursday that indicate the epidemiological circumstances across Europe, based on data for the 14 days up to midnight on Tuesday of each week.

According to its most comprehensive map, which combines coronavirus positivity, testing, and notification rates, Greece has now become “yellow” and “red,” indicating increased risk of coronavirus transmission.

In the past, Greece was the only European country with “green,” or low risk, zones.

Now, Iceland and Norway are the only countries in Europe that have green areas.

Total 176,059 Covid-19 cases diagnosed in Greece

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total 176,059 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.

Of the cases diagnosed in Greece in the past seven days, 50 are associated with foreign travel and 1,497 have been linked to contact with a known case.

Of the 320 patients intubated currently, 88.4% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions.

Additionally, a total of 1,256 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The 27 new deaths recorded on Thursday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 6,221, and 95.6% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.

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