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Coronavirus Cases, Intubations See Steep Rise in Greece

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The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed in Greece in the last 24 hours saw a sharp increase, along with the number of people currently undergoing intubation.

On Tuesday, Greek health officials announced that a total of 3,197 new Covid-19 cases had been diagnosed, a sharp increase of 1,293 over the 1,904 individuals who had been diagnosed with the virus on Monday.

The EODY, the national health authority of Greece, announced on Tuesday that another 52 individuals had passed away after suffering with the coronavirus, a decrease of eight over the previous day, Monday, when 60 people had died.

There have now been a total of 11,141 fatalities in those who had suffered from the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. Nearly all of these individuals, or 95.2%, suffered from an underlying disease and / or were age 70 years and older.

Case increase comes amid plans to vaccinate all island inhabitants

A total of 1,904 infections have been diagnosed in the country on Monday, which had been an increase of 476 over the past day. As of Tuesday, the total number of infections, including all those who have recovered from the virus, to 367,076 , which represents a daily change of + 0.9%, of which 51.2% are male.

There were 732 people on ventilators on Tuesday — the same amount as had been undergoing the invasive treatment the day prior. On Monday, there had been an increase of four individuals from the 728 who were undergoing the treatment on Sunday.

Well over half, or 61.7%, of these patients, are male. Their median age is 67 years. The vast majority, or 83.3%, suffer from an underlying disease and / or are age 70 years and older. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,216 patients have been discharged from the ICU.

A total of fourteen cases were identified in the past day after checks at the country’s gates.

The European Medicines authority, or EMA, estimates that the emergency use approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for 12-year-olds is likely to be granted in late May after the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency use of the vaccine on Monday evening.

Based on the confirmed cases studied over the last seven days, 59 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 2,617 are related to an already known case.

There were 294 admissions of new Coronavirus patients to Greek hospitals, representing a welcome decrease amounting to -23.24%. The average number of patients admitted over the past week is 364.

US teens OK’d to receive Pfizer vaccination on Monday

The median age of all those currently sugaring with the coronavirus in Greece is 44 years, while the median age of all those who have succumbed with the virus is 78 years.

There were a total of 150 cases in Eastern Attica, and 1,012 in the city of Athens itself, with 494 cases diagnosed in the center of the city.

A total of 343 cases were diagnosed over the last day in Thessaloniki and 100 in the city of Larissa.

The news that children aged 12 to 15 can now safely receive Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in the United States comes as very welcome news as the country gears up for what it hopes is a bustling tourist season.

On Tuesday the Greek government announced that it was embarking on a campaign to vaccinate the inhabitants of every single Greek island by June 25 in the wake of its successful program to inoculate every resident of an island of 10,000 residents or fewer.

The expansion of vaccine availability to children in the US could bring the country “closer to returning to a sense of normalcy,” Dr. Janet Woodcock, the acting FDA commissioner, stated Monday.

Hoping to quell the fears of parents regarding the safety of inoculating their children, Dr. Woodcock stressed that the shot was put through a meticulous review by the FDA:

“Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations,” she assured the public.

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine “100%” effective against coronavirus

The much-anticipated decision came after the pharmaceutical company applied for an emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15 from the FDA in late March, citing data showing the shot’s safety and efficacy among children.

Pfizer conducted extensive clinical trials with participants in the age group, and found that its two-shot Covid-19 vaccine was incredibly effective in protecting them against the virus.

In its official announcement of the results, Pfizer stated that its vaccine against Covid-19 showed “100% efficacy” in preventing transmission of the virus, and produced a “robust antibody response” among those aged 12 to 15.

The study included 2,260 United States volunteers age 12 through 15, and it showed that there were zero cases of Covid-19 contracted among fully vaccinated children.

 

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