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Coronavirus: Greece Announces New Record Number of Intubations

Athens continues to carry the heaviest Coronavirus burden in Greece. Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Phanatic – CC BY-SA 2.0

Greece recorded another 2,535 new Coronavirus cases on Saturday, according to official data presented by the country’s authorities.

Unfortunately, another grim record was set, as a total of 672 patients with COVID-19 were intubated in Greece on Saturday, surpassing Friday’s record of 649 patients.

Intubations continue to rise

This is the highest number of people undergoing ICU treatment ever recorded in the country.

The median age of those intubated is 68 years of age.

Tragically, 60 more people with the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period. This brings the total death toll from the pandemic in Greece to a staggering 7,421.

A total of 513 new admissions to hospitals were made in the last 24-hour period. This represents a rise of 1.18 percent compared to Friday’s figures.

The age range of those admitted spans from 0.2 to 105 years of age. The median age of those admitted is 44.

Experts believe that Greece will start seeing a reduction in these grim numbers from mid-April.

Greece to Loosen Coronavirus Restrictions

Nikos Chardalias, Greek Minister for Civil Protection, announced a series of alterations to existing Coronavirus measures in Greece on Friday.

As of Saturday, the existing weekend curfew from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM will start later, in effect from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

Hair salons will open across Greece by appointment starting on Monday, the first step in re-opening non-essential businesses in the country.

Archaeological sites across the country will welcome visitors starting Saturday. Those looking to visit must send the number “6,”  to the authorities, wear a mask, and go to the site on foot or on a bicycle — not by car.

Greeks living by the sea will now be permitted to go fishing by also sending the number “6,” as announced Friday.

Churches will be open to the faithful on Holy Days with strict social distancing measures in place. Priests and others who work in the church, along with visitors, will be subject to rapid coronavirus testing.

Most of the existing measures will remain in place, however. Citizens will only be allowed to travel within the municipality of their residence, as per existing measures.

Additionally, Greeks leaving their homes who send the number “6” to work out must do so by foot or bicycle, and are not permitted to travel by car.

Akis Skertsos, Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, announced that Greece will offer free rapid Coronavirus tests to everyone in pharmacies across the country so that a true picture of the current epidemiological situation in the country can be assessed.


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