Greece announced another 1,718 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, while 780 patients remained intubated due to the pandemic.
These numbers continue to put unprecedented pressure to the country’s National Health Service, with additional beds and ICUs being added very often.
The National Organization of Public Health (EODY) said in its daily bulletin that the overall number of infections in Greece now stands at 295,480 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Organization also announced that 52 people had tragically died with the coronavirus over the last day, which brought the number of overall fatalities to 8,885 in Greece.
This number is lower by twenty-three individuals compared to yesterday, Saturday, when 75 people lost their lives due to the novel Coronavirus.
The median age of those in need of ventilators in Greece is 67 years and 83.2 percent of them suffer from an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over.
380,000 people supplied with Coronavirus self-tests
Greece is one of the first countries to supply the home self-tests to each citizen for free as an additional tool in the national strategy against the spread of Covid-19, Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Akis Skertsos commented on Sunday, in an interview with Greece’s SKAI radio.
The minister pointed out that 35 teachers and school pupils had so far reported testing positive for Covid-19, who would have otherwise attended school on Monday without realizing that anything was wrong.
The minister emphasized that the tests were widely used in Europe and elsewhere and their usefulness was proven, adding that the figures on Saturday indicated that roughly 380,000 to 400,000 individuals had been supplied a test since distribution to high school children and school staff began on Thursday.