Greece announced another 3,232 coronavirus infections on Saturday, while 755 patients remained intubated.
These numbers have put unprecedented pressure on the Greek National Health Service, with hospitals in Athens being on full capacity for weeks.
The National Organization of Public Health (EODY) said in its daily bulletin that the overall number of infections now stands at 273.459 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The EODY also said that 70 people had died from COVID-19 over the last day, which brought the number of overall fatalities to 8,302 in Greece.
This number is lower by two individuals compared to yesterday, Friday, when 72 people in Greece tragically lost their lives due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The median age of those in ventilators in Greece is 68 years and 83.2 percent of them suffer from an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over.
On a positive note, a total of 1,746 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.
Coronavirus Restrictions: Shops in Thessaloniki to remain closed
Despite the recent announcement of the Greek authorities that shops will reopen in Athens on April 5, those in the counties of Thessaloniki, Kozani, and Achaea will have to remain shut for at least until April 12.
This was made public on Friday night, after an extraordinary meeting of Greece’s National Committee for the Protection of Public Health.
The experts are concerned by the increased number of coronavirus cases in these areas, which might very soon lead to uncontrollable pressure on their hospital units.
Business owners of these areas have already expressed their strong dissatisfaction, in what they see as unfair treatment since Athenian shops will be able to open but they won’t.
However, people who live in these three counties, with a total population of approximately 1.6 million, will be able to travel to nearby municipalities on weekends.
This is part of a new, more relaxed approach to the restrictions that the Greek government announced recently in an attempt to ease the restrictions that have been in place since November 2020.