Greece identified a total of 4,340 cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest number ever recorded in a single day in the country since the beginning of the outbreak.
The current figure marks 2,616 more cases of Covid-19 than the 1,724 cases diagnosed in Greece on Monday.
Additionally, a record number of patients with Covid-19 in Greece are on ventilators on Tuesday.
The total number of people undergoing the intensive and invasive treatment, which involves placing a tube down a patient’s throat to assist breathing, has reached 741 in Greece.
Tuesday’s figure breaks the previous record of 738, which was recorded just yesterday, on Monday.
Tragically, 72 people with the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is seven more than those who died with the virus on Monday.
A total of 65,979 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during the day, bringing the positivity rate to 6.57% in Greece, down from Monday’s rate of 11.04%.
Greek police crack down on Coronavirus restrictions
Greek police revealed on Tuesday that on Monday alone they had made nine arrests and handed out nearly one thousand fines to those breaking the country’s Covid-19 restrictions.
In a press release, the Greek police stated that 930 people were slapped with the 300-euro fines for unauthorized movement on Monday.
Of those who violated the country’ lockdown rules, the great majority were in Attica, where 149 fines were given out, and in Thessaloniki and northern Greece, with 148 fines.
In addition to the 930 fines given for improper movement, 178 people were written up for either not wearing a mask or wearing it improperly, which also carries a fine of 300 euros.
The nine arrests made on Monday were related to the illegal operation of businesses, or of hosting large gatherings and parties, both of which come with a whopping fine of 5,000 and 3,000 euros, respectively.
2,097 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed Attica alone; 535 in Thessaloniki
Of the 4,340 coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 2,097 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
Instances of the virus were particularly high in the center of the city itself, where 535 cases of Covid-19 were identified Tuesday.
Piraeus, Athens’ port city, had a total of 350 instances of the virus on Tuesday.
Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 535 cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
Total 260,077 coronavirus cases in Greece since the start of the pandemic
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 260,077 cases of Covid-19 have 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 86 are associated with foreign travel and 2,267 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 741 patients intubated currently, 82.5% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 68.
On Tuesday alone, 402 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.
Additionally, a total of 1,688 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 72 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 8,017; 95.6% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.