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Covid-19: New Rise in ICU Patients as Greece Mobilizes Private Doctors

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Greece confirmed a new rise in Covid-19 patients who are hospitalized in ICUs at the country’s hospitals on Monday, with their number jumping to 681.

On Sunday, a total of 674 people were treated in ICU units. Their median age is 68 years and 80.9 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or more. Another 1,592 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

Earlier on Monday, the Health Ministry announced it is mobilizing private doctors in an effort to contain the pressure on public hospitals struggling to cope with surging Covid-19 infections.

Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias said that despite an appeal for volunteers in the last few weeks “very few doctors came forward.”

Of about 200 doctors requested by the government to assist their colleagues in the public sector, just 50 have come forward. Worse yet, attempts over the weekend to woo them with bonuses failed.

“Taking into account the emergency conditions and the urgent need for treatment of our fellow human beings, the Ministry of Health is mobilizing the services of Pathologists, Pulmonologists and General Practitioners in Attica,” Kikilias announced.

1,707 new Covid-19 infections and 69 deaths in Greece

Health authorities also announced on Monday that 1,707 new coronavirus infections had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.

Greece has confirmed 238,830 infections from the beginning of the pandemic, including all those who have recovered.

Of the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 79 infections are related to travel from abroad and 3,075 to other confirmed cases.

There have also been 69 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 7,531.

Of these, 95.8 percent had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old.

In addition, 394 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, a drop of 23.05 percent from the previous day.

The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 472.

The median age of new infections is 44 years, while the median age of the deceased is 79.

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