A total of 50,078 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during the day, bringing the positivity rate to 5.13% in Greece. Yesterday, Wednesday, the positivity rate was 5.08%.
The number of patients with Covid-19 who are currently intubated in Greece surpassed 500 on Thursday, as a total of 506 people with the virus are undergoing the intensive treatment in the country’s ICUs, which represents 27 more than those recorded on Wednesday.
The influx of patients who are currently intubated, which involves placing a tube down a person’s throat to assist in breathing, has put immense strain on the country’s hospitals and has left very few ICU beds available for others.
Tragically, 51 people with the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is eight more than those who died with the virus on Wednesday.
1,282 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed Attica alone; 229 in Thessaloniki
Of the 2,570 coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 1,282 were located in Attica, home to the city of Athens.
Instances of the virus were particularly high in the center of the city itself, where 317 cases of Covid-19 were identified.
In Piraeus, the port of Athens, 226 new cases of the virus were diagnosed on Thursday.
Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 229 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
Youngest Covid-19 patient in Greece 5-day-old infant
A five-day-old infant became the youngest patient with the coronavirus admitted into the hospital in Greece.
After suffering from difficulty breathing and eventually testing positive for the virus, the baby was admitted after being transferred from Alexandria Hospital to the intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital in Aglaia Kyriakou.
As the newborn’s mother tested negative for Covid-19, it is still unclear how the virus was transmitted to the child.
Total 214,661 coronavirus cases in Greece since the start of the pandemic
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 214,661 cases of Covid-19 have now 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, just 65 are associated with foreign travel and 1,843 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 506 patients intubated currently, 83.6% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 67.
On Thursday alone, 501 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.
Additionally, a total of 1,457 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 51 new deaths recorded on Thursday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 6,937, and 95.8% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.