During an announcement to the public, Marios Themistokleous, Greek Secretary General for Primary Health Care, announced that over two million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have now been distributed in Greece.
Themistokleous also noted that the country would receive its first batch of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the coronavirus on Wednesday, April 14.
The shipment of 33,600 doses will be distributed to Greeks starting on Monday, April 19.
By June, the country will have received 1.3 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
On Saturday, the online platform for vaccination appointments opened for Greeks aged 60 to 64, and in a few weeks, on April 24, it will open for those aged 50 to 59.
Maria Theodoridou, head of Greece’s National Vaccination Committee, addressed issues regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has links to a rare blood clotting disorder, called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).
“We are carefully monitoring the current data,” Theodoridou stated on Monday.
She stressed that instances of blood clots are “very rare…after vaccination,” specifically one in 100,000, and that there are no recorded cases of the disorder after the second dose of the vaccine.
1,606 Cases of Covid-19, 76 deaths, 781 intubations in Greece Monday
The total number of patients being treated with intubation, which involves placing a tube down a patient’s throat to assist breathing, reached 781 in Greece on Monday.
This figure is one more than the 780 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, on Sunday.
Greece recorded 1,606 cases of the coronavirus on Monday, which marks 112 fewer instances of Covid-19 than the 1,718 cases that had been diagnosed in the country on Sunday.
A total of 20,672 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during the day, bringing the positivity rate to 7.77% in Greece.
Tragically, 76 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which represents 24 more than those who died with the virus on Sunday.
716 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed Attica alone; 218 in Thessaloniki
Of the 1,606 coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 716 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 179 cases of Covid-19 were identified Monday.
Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 218 cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
Total 290,964 coronavirus cases in Greece since the start of the pandemic
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 297,086 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 50 are associated with foreign travel and 2,531 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 781 patients intubated currently, 82.7% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 67.
On Monday alone, 539 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.
Additionally, a total of 1,870 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 76 new deaths recorded on Monday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 8,961; 95.6% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.