Tragically, the country broke yet another grim record, as a total of 674 people are now intubated in the country’s ICU units. Yesterday’s number was 671.
The cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, and 68 of those confirmed in the last seven days were identified at entry points to the country, namely airports, border crossings, and ports.
Unfortunately, there were also 41 additional deaths in the last 24 hours in the country, bringing the total number of victims from the Coronavirus pandemic to 7,462.
According to the National Public Health Organization’s data, of these, almost 96 percent had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old or older.
The situation in Greece’s hospitals remains critical, with the capacity of many of them in Athens and other large cities being almost overwhelmed.
The median age of these people is 68 years and 82.0 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or older.
On the contrary, 1,577 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic.
Greece to Offer COVID-19 Self-Testing Kits to the Entire Population
Greece will start offering Coronavirus self-testing kits next month to the entire population of the country, the government said on Saturday.
This comes as the latest addition to a series of measures that aim to curve the rising coronavirus infections in the country.
Information and details on the new self-tests were announced by the Greek authorities, who claim that Greece will be the first EU member-state to offer these tests to the entire population free-of-charge.
According to the governmental guide, free antigen tests will be available from the first week of April to the citizens.
People will be able to take the test themselves at home. When a positive result is found, people will have to report it to the authorities and self-isolate.
“It is a new tool in the country’s battle against the pandemic. The tests will allow better epidemiological monitoring, and of course prevention,” Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ office said in a statement that was released on Saturday.
The accuracy of these tests is believed to vary from 95 to 99 percent, offering a great deal of certainty to those who conduct it.