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Coronavirus: Greece Surpasses 850,000 Vaccinations, 1,630 Cases

People are enjoying the sunny weather in Thessaloniki as vaccination is underway. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece has now surpassed 850,000 Coronavirus vaccinations, while another 50 vaccination centers will be added to the current 750, Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Saturday.

This statement took place after the minister’s visit to the mega-center of vaccinations at Helexpo in the northern suburb of Marousi in Athens.

New cases and deaths remain alarmingly high.

In the meantime, Greece recorded a total of 1,630 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday.

The current figure represents 160 fewer than the 1,790 cases that were diagnosed in Greece on Friday, one day before.

Unfortunately, 29 more individuals lost their lives over the last 24-hour period in the country due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The exact same figure, 29, was the number of deaths that Greek authorities reported a day before, on Friday.

Additionally, 379 people are currently intubated across Greece’s hospitals in their Intensive Care Units.

Lockdown extended for Athens and several other areas.

While the regions of Attica and Thessaloniki remain on epidemiological high-alert, several other regions and municipalities joined them in terms of coronavirus measures on Saturday.

These measures will be in effect through March 8, as per the government’s Friday announcement.

A high-alert status has been proclaimed in the following regional units: Lefkada (except the island of Meganisi), Thesprotia, Syros, Samos, Heraklion on Crete, and Corinth, as well as the municipalities of Arta, Didimoticho, Lokris, and Amfilochia.

An alarming rise in the viral load is observed at the municipalities of Lamia and Volos as well.

On the contrary, the municipalities of Tempi and Karpathos came out of the high-alert level on Saturday.

Dr. Vana Papaevangelou, a renowned epidemiologist and member of the special coronavirus committee, had warned on Friday that Attica’s ICUs have reached 88% capacity.

The lack of space in the region’s hospitals is particularly worrying to officials, who fear that any more pressure on the healthcare system could lead to overflowing hospitals.

One Year Since First Coronavirus Case Was Reported in Greece

The first case of coronavirus in Greece was confirmed and officially announced one year ago, on February 26, 2020.

The news was shared with the nation in an emergency briefing by the Ministry of Health by Professor of Infectious Diseases Sotiris Tsiodras.

According to Dr. Tsiodras, the first Greek victim of the new virus was a 38-year-old woman who had returned from an affected area in ​​northern Italy.

Patient zero was Dimitra Voulgaridou, a fashion designer who had traveled to Milan for business, at a time when the number of cases in northern Italy had risen sharply.

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