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Greece Reports Large Decrease in Coronavirus Infections, Intubations

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The National Organization for Public Health (EODY) reported that a total of 1,918 new cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed on Thursday, showing a decrease of 375 cases over Wednesday. The EODY, Greece’s health authority, also announced that there had been another 54 people had succumbed with the disease, one more than the day prior.

This brings the death toll of all those who have died with the disease to 11,641 since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Wednesday, a total of 2,293 individuals had been diagnosed with the disease.

The number of those who had passed away with the virus in Greece is just one more than the previous day, Wednesday, when 53 people had succumbed with the disease.

The total number of all those who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Greece since the beginning of the pandemic — including all those who have recovered from it — is now 385,444.

The total number of patients being treated by intubation fell to 626 on Thursday, a decrease of sixteen from the 642 patients undergoing the invasive procedure on Wednesday.

A total of 2,314 coronavirus patients have left ICUs in Greece since the beginning of the pandemic.

The race to outrun the variants continues. As of May 19, Greece reported that 2,905,212 citizens, or 15.6% of its population, have been fully vaccinated, with 27.1% of citizens having had at least one inoculation against the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Rollout Speeding Up in Greece

The coronavirus vaccine rollout is speeding up in Greece, as over 4,600,000 shots have been distributed in the country as of May 19. It is estimated that 1.7 million Greeks have already been fully vaccinated.

According to Greek Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias, the country ranks fourth in the European Union in terms of vaccinations per 100,000 people, and fifth in terms of citizens who have been fully vaccinated.

Followed by the rather encouraging data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDP), these numbers show that Greece has taken the mission to vaccinate as many citizens as quickly as possible very seriously.

With the tourist season just around the corner, the Greek government has been clear that under no circumstances will safety and health be compromised. The country has only just reopened after being under a strict lockdown since November.

Greek health officials insist that strict hygiene protocols to contain the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place in the country.

After pledging to vaccinate the inhabitants of Greek islands which usually attract the majority of tourists, officials from the Greek Ministry of Health announced that vaccine rollout will continue with three million Greeks to be vaccinated by Friday.

According to government officials, Greeks aged 20-29 will be able to make appointments to get their Coronavirus shot by June.


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