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Coronavirus in Greece: 466 Patients on Ventilators

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Concern growing in Greece over increasing number of coronavirus patients at public hospitals. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece confirmed on Sunday 1,142 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, while 466 patients are on ventilators in hospitals.

Eight of the new cases were identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said.

Greece has confirmed 205,120 infections from the start of the pandemic (daily change: +0.6 pct). In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 67 infections are considered related to travel from abroad and 3,348 to already confirmed cases.

In addition, 466 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 68 years and 84.3 pct have an underlying condition and/or are aged 68 or more.

Another 1,408 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

Another 429 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, a rise of 20.51 pct since the previous day.

The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals was 429 patients over the last 7 days.

There are also 53 new confirmed deaths, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 6,758. Of these, 95.8 pct had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old.

Health service stretched over coronavirus

Greece’s Health Ministry is taking inventory of all available beds in the private health sector in case it needs to deploy them at short notice.

“Depending on how the epidemic develops, we are examining all scenarios,” said Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis.

the number of hospitalized patients is constantly rising, bringing hospitals, especially in Attica, to their limits.

The average daily admission rate of patients with Covid-19 to Attica hospitals last week was 200, compared to 330 nationwide.

According to Vana Papaevangelou, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Athens University, more than 3,200 patients with coronavirus are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 throughout the country, while 196 patients were intubated in the last week.

The nationwide occupancy rate of Covid ICUs is 63% while the figure for Attica is 87%.

Arrests over coronavirus violations

Meanwhile, Greek police have upped their inspections for violations of the lockdown.

On Saturday alone, there were 71,177 checks across the country, including 6,387 at Athens International Airport.

In those checks, there were 2,025 violations, more than 80% (1,627) for unauthorized movement, 304 for no use of masks and 91 for illegal operation of stores or other sorts of businesses that were supposed to be shut.

Under the latter provision, 23 individuals were arrested.

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