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Coronavirus: 25 Deaths Recorded in Greece as Viral Load Remains High

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326 coronavirus patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece confirmed 884 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 7 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Sunday.

The reduced number of cases, however, is entirely due to the fewer tests conducted (23,139 vs. 43,310 during the previous 24-hour period).

The incidence of positive results rose to 3.82% from 3.29%.

Greece has confirmed 179,802 infections from the start of the pandemic, showing a daily change of +0.5 percent.

In the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 46 infections are considered related to travel from abroad and 2,417 to already-confirmed cases.

326 patients on ventilators

In addition, 326 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 70 years and 86.2 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over.

Another 1,273 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

Another 259 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, a rise of 4.86 percent since the previous day.

The average number of admissions of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals was 224 patients over the last seven days.

There are also 25 new confirmed deaths related to the virus, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 6,297.

Of these, nearly all, or 95.7 percent, had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years of age.

Coronavirus load still high

The viral load in a sampling of Athens wastewater remains high, according to a professor conducting the research on this vital means of vial detection.

Nikos Thomaidis, a professor of analytical chemistry at Athens University, said the viral load shows no significant difference from its levels of 7, 15 or 21 days ago and remains “heavy and very high.”

“We are still waiting to see the effect of (extra lockdown measures) in limiting transmission (of the virus),” Thomaidis told the Mega television channel.

Professor Theodoros Vassilakopoulos, a lung specialist, told Skai TV that at least the death rate in Greece is declining, a fact he attributed to the start of the vaccination campaign for vulnerable groups, such as the elderly.

Coronavirus vaccinations in Greece near 700,000

Earlier on Sunday, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias paid a visit to the coronavirus vaccination center at Ippokratio General Hospital in Athens.

People who missed their appointments due to the snowstorm last week came in to get their shots.

“Despite the fact Sunday is not usually a day to be vaccinated, today we are doing so for our fellow citizens who missed their appointments due to the weather,” the Minister said.

He added that inoculations will resume on schedule this coming week at National Health System hospitals, the Mega Center, and other centers as well.

He also confirmed that the number of vaccinations completed so far, whether for the first installment or the second, are nearing 700,000.

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