Greece recorded 1,391 new cases of COVID 19 on Saturday, raising the total number of cases to 346,422.
According to the data, this new figure represented less than a one percent increase in the total number of cases in the country. Of these new cases, 51.4% of them were men and the median age was 44. However, this toll was lower than the 2,155 new cases recorded only a day earlier on Friday.
There was an overall positivity rate of 4.71% on Saturday. A total of 29,452 tests were conducted as well.
The number of deaths in Greece from COVID 19 rose to 72, a slight increase from the 66 recorded on Friday. This brought the new total death toll to 10,453. Among those who were tragically lost, the median age was 78.
About 811 patients were presently intubated on ventilators across Greece in the new data. The median age for this grow was 68, but 2,124 were discharged from intensive care units.
Only two cases of COVID 19 were detected among those returning from travel abroad. In the last week in total, 41 positive cases were found with people returning to Greece from traveling.
Prime Minister urges citizens to get COVID 19 vaccine appointment
Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took to Twitter on Saturday to urge his citizens to book their vaccine appointment soon.
“The faster the vaccinations go, the sooner we will finish. It is very encouraging that there is very good momentum from the younger ages,” Mitsotakis tweeted with a video attached of his visit to a health center.
Στο Κέντρο Υγείας Ραφήνας είχα τη χαρά να συζητήσω με πολίτες 30-39 ετών που είχαν κλείσει ραντεβού για τον εμβολιασμό τους. Όσο πιο γρήγορα προχωράνε οι εμβολιασμοί τόσο πιο γρήγορα θα τελειώσουμε. Είναι πολύ ενθαρρυντικό πως υπάρχει πολύ καλή δυναμική από τις νεότερες ηλικίες. pic.twitter.com/InX0ekv11q
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) April 30, 2021
The prime minister followed up with a link to the online platform where appointments could be linked. He directed this call specifically to those in the 45 to 49 age group.
“Book your appointment! The best vaccination is the fastest one!” Mitsotakis urged.
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) May 1, 2021
Young Greeks sign up for vaccinations
On Saturday, appointments became available for Greeks aged 45 to 49.
On Thursday alone, when vaccination appointments first became available for Greeks who are 40 to 44 years old, a total of 66,210 people reserved a spot for the shot. Of this total, 32,547 made an appointment for their first dose of the vaccine.
In total, 3,097,693 coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Greece, of which 2,153,570 received the first dose of the shot, and just under 944,123 received a second dose.