Greece recorded its highest number of coronavirus patients on ventilators Tuesday, with 802 people undergoing the intensive treatment.
This figure is 21 more than the 781 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, on Monday.
Greece recorded 4,033 cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, which marks 2,427 more instances of Covid-19 than the 1,606 cases that had been diagnosed in the country on Monday.
A total of 76,070 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during the day, bringing the positivity rate to 5.3% in Greece, down from yesterday’s rate of 7.77%.
Tragically, 93 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which represents 17 more than those who died with the virus on Monday.
1,812 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed Attica alone; 554 in Thessaloniki
Of the 4,033 coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 1,812 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 559 cases of Covid-19 were identified Tuesday.
Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 554 cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
USA halts distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Citing a disturbing link to at least one death and the hospitalization of a second vaccinated woman for thrombosis, the United States’ Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday called for a halt to federally-sponsored inoculation campaigns using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are going to place a pause on the use of the J & J vaccine at all federal inoculation sites and they say that they “urge” states to do the same while they investigate the safety of the vaccine.
As of Tuesday, a total of six individuals in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of becoming vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson product, according to officials.
And like the majority of those who experienced problems with the AstraZeneca vaccine, all six recipients who reported issues with the J & J vaccine were women between the ages of 18 and 48.
One woman died and another female in Nebraska has now been hospitalized with thrombosis and is in critical condition, the officials told reporters.
Deaths with the coronavirus surpass 9,000 in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 301,103 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 55 are associated with foreign travel and 2,401 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 802 patients intubated currently, 83.4% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 67.
On Tuesday alone, 458 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.
Additionally, a total of 1,901 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 93 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 9,054; 95.6% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.