Despite the high numbers of coronavirus cases, deaths, and intubations in recent weeks, Dr. Vana Papevangelou, a member of the country’s Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health, announced Friday that Greece’s epidemiological situation seems to be stabilizing.
Papaevangelou stressed that the country’s total number of active coronavirus cases has remained at approximately 26,000 for a few weeks, without increasing.
Additionally, the country’s positivity rate has been on the decline in recent days.
Despite these positive signs, Papaevangelou stressed that the country still finds itself in a very delicate position, as transmission of the virus among family members remains high.
The average age of people diagnosed with the coronavirus has also been steadily lowering, Papaevangelou noted, which indicates that many young Greeks are not following the country’s strict anti-virus rules stringently.
Record number of Coronavirus patients on ventilators in Greece Friday
Greece recorded its highest number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators Friday, with 824 people undergoing the intensive treatment.
This figure is five more than the 819 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Thursday, which itself had set a new record for the country.
Greece recorded 3,067 cases of the coronavirus on Friday, which marks 766 fewer instances of Covid-19 than the 3,833 cases that had been diagnosed in the country on Thursday.
A total of 65,209 coronavirus tests were conducted across the country during the day, bringing the positivity rate to 4.7% in Greece, down from yesterday’s rate of 5.89%.
Tragically, 91 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which represents 13 fewer than those who died with the virus on Thursday.
1,398 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed Attica alone; 425 in Thessaloniki
Of the 3,067 coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 1,398 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 379 cases of Covid-19 were identified Friday.
Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 425 cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
Shops to open in Kozani with “click away” only
Nikos Chardalias, Greek Minister for Civil Protection, announced Friday that retail stores in the Greek city of Kozani will open for business on Monday, April 19.
The stores in the city will operate on a “click away,” or curbside, basis only, which allows shoppers to order their goods online or over the phone, and then make an appointment to pick up their items.
Shop owners protested the decision, and retail stores in Thessaloniki and Achaia opened a week later, while stores in Kozani remained closed due to the epidemiological circumstances in the region. Now, on Monday, April 19, stores in the city will re-open.
Visits to the retail shops can only take place by appointment and after sending an SMS to the phone number 13032. There is a three-hour window for completing one’s purchases and only one “non-essential” shopping trip per day is permitted.
Over 300,000 total cases of the Coronavirus identified in the country
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 311,033 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 57 are associated with foreign travel and 2,990 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 824 patients intubated currently, 85.1% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 68.
On Friday alone, 547 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.
Additionally, a total of 1,927 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 91 new deaths recorded on Friday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 9,330; 95.5% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.