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Greece Announces 2,020 New Coronavirus Cases; Fewer Hospitalizations

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Health authorities in Greece confirmed a total of 2,020 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, a slight increase from the 1,918 diagnosed on Thursday. Only three of these new cases were identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) stated.

Greece has confirmed a total of 387,426 infections since the beginning of the pandemic, showing a daily increase of 0.5 percent from yesterday. A total of 28 infections diagnosed over the last seven days were related to travel from abroad and 2,225 were linked to other confirmed cases.

There were 56 deaths of people suffering with the coronavirus recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of all those who lost their lives in Greece since the beginning of the pandemic to 11,697. Of this total, 95.2 percent also suffered from an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or above.

A total of 617 patients are now on ventilators in hospitals across Greece, a marked decrease from the 642 patients who were undergoing the invasive procedure on Wednesday. Their median age is 67 years; 83 percent suffer from an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over.

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Another 2,327 individuals have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

In addition, 260 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals in Greece in the last 24 hours, showing a very welcome decrease of -11.86 percent. The average number of hospital admissions of patients with Covid-19 over the last seven days was 300.

The median age of all those recently diagnosed new infections is 44 years while the median age of the deceased being 78.

The race to outrun the variants continues. As of May 20, health authorities in Greece reported that 1,743,394 citizens, representing 16.3% of the population, have now been fully vaccinated, with 28.4% of citizens having had at least one inoculation against the coronavirus.

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