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Greek Youth Party in Squares as Coronavirus Cases Remain High

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Thousands of Greek youth defied the coronavirus restrictions and organized parties in several main squares in Athens over the weekend.

Large gatherings were observed in the neighborhoods of Kipseli, Exarcheia and Pangrati.

Varnava Square, in the Pangrati district of Athens, has been placed under the close supervision of a special police unit since Friday afternoon to ensure that health safety measures will be observed.

Police have blocked the surrounding streets leading to the square, allowing only permanent residents access to the area.

The action was taken after a delegation of disgruntled residents filed a complaint with local police on Friday.

According to residents, gatherings — albeit smaller ones — also take place on weekdays, which disperse by around 1 AM, with loudspeakers playing music and moped races around the Square.

Greece confirms 1,829 coronavirus cases on Sunday

Greece confirmed 1,829 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with three of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Sunday.

Greece has confirmed 315,273 infections from the start of the pandemic (daily change: +0.6 percent).

In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 57 infections are related to travel from abroad and 3,374 to other confirmed cases.

There are also 65 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 9,462. Of these, 95.5 percent had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old.

A total of 841 patients are now on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 68 years and 85.5 pct have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or more. Another 1,941 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

In addition, 495 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours, a drop of 2.37 percent from the previous day.

The average number of admissions with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last seven days was 519.

The median age of new infections is 44 years (range: 0.2 to 106 years), while the median age of the deceased is 79 (range: 0.2 to 106 years).

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