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Greece Reports Spike in New Coronavirus Cases, 50 Deaths

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Greece’s health authorities reported on Tuesday a huge spike in new coronavirus cases, which jumped to 2,433 from Monday’s total of 1,381.

Greece has confirmed 393,583 infections from the start of the pandemic (daily change: +0.6 percent). In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 30 infections are related to travel from abroad and 1,997 to other confirmed cases.

There were also 50 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 11,872. Of these, 95.1 percent had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old.

A total of 556 patients are now on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 67 years and 84.4 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or more. Another 2,368 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

In addition, 194 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours– showing a second consecutive daily decrease, amounting to -7.62 percent. The average numbers of hospital admissions of those with Covid-19 over the last 7 days is 251.

The median age of new infections is 44 years, while the median age of the deceased is 78.

Greece to launch campaign for coronavirus vaccination

A new government campaign in Greece is expected to be launched next week with its central message being to encourage people to get vaccinated for Covid-19.

The ultimate aim is to build and complete Greece’s wall of immunity, which will minimize the risk of a new wave of the pandemic, and to ensure the normal and smooth operation of the economy and tourism.

The expediting of the vaccination program has become even more imperative due to increasing tourism on the islands and the mainland.

On Monday, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that more than five million coronavirus vaccines have now been administered to people in Greece.

Although this does not mean that five million individuals in Greece have been fully inoculated, as that requires two doses of the mRNA vaccines, the country can proudly claim to have successfully administered five million coronavirus vaccines in total.

Mitsotakis celebrated the “Freedom” project and its success by tweeting about the topic on Tuesday.

The Secretary General for the Ministry of Health, Marios Themistocleous, shared a more analytical view of inoculation in the country thus far.

He announced that of the five million vaccines that have been administered in Greece, two million were from Pfizer/BioNTech, 740,000 were from AstraZeneca, 307,000 were from Moderna, and just 80,000 were from the recently re-approved vaccine manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.

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