Greece announced another 1,955 COVID-19 infections on Sunday, with a total of 749 patients now being intubated in hospitals across the nation.
Greece is in the middle of a surging third wave of COVID-19 infections, which has placed immense pressure on the country’s National Health Service.
The situation in the capital city of Athens is extremely difficult, with the region’s hospitals being on the verge of being overwhelmed.
The Greek National Organization of Public Health (EODY) said in its updated daily bulletin that the overall number of infections in the country now stands at 275,414
since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020.
The EODY also announced that 78 people had died from COVID-19 over the last 24-hour period, which brought the number of overall fatalities to 8,380 in Greece.
This number is higher by eight individuals compared to yesterday, Saturday, when 70 people died due to complications from the COVID-19 infection.
The median age of those on ventilators in Greece still stands at 68 years, and 83.7 percent of them suffer from an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over.
On a positive note, a total of 1,761 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.
16-year-old dies with COVID-19 in Greece
Unfortunately, among the victims of the past day was a 16-year old girl.
The unfortunate young individual was hospitalized in Athens’ Agia Sofia Hospital for Children. She had been suffering from diarrhea and heavy vomiting before she was admited to the hospital. She also complained of having severe chest pains.
A coronavirus test was conducted and she was found to be positive. Her condition deteriorated swiftly, despite the valiant efforts of the doctors at Agia Sofia.
Unrest in Patras over the extension of COVID-19 closures
On Sunday, business owners in Greece’s Patras, the country’s third-largest city, expressed their strong dissatisfaction with the decision taken for their shops to remain shuttered.
A group of shop owners booed Stelios Petsas, Greece’s alternate Interior minister, who visited the city on Sunday morning to discuss the matter with local authorities.
Some business owners in Patras, as well as in Thessaloniki, accuse the government of unfair treatment since Athenian shops will be able to open on Monday, but theirs will not.
They are now demanding extraordinary financial assistance, since the extended closures will affect their already badly-hit revenues even more negatively.