Just one of Wednesday’s total cases was identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 330 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is 13 fewer than the number of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Tuesday.
Tragically, 13 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which represents nine fewer than those who died with the virus on Tuesday.
256 cases of coronavirus diagnosed in Attica alone; 52 in Thessaloniki
Of the 549 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 256 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
In the center of Athens, a total of 78 cases of Covid-19 were identified Wednesday.
Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 52 cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
EU opens borders to US, other tourists
Ambassadors from the 27 nations of the European Union agreed on Wednesday to allow United States residents to travel into their countries for nonessential purposes, opening up the gigantic US market to tourism for this Summer.
Diplomats from around the EU told Reuters that they had approved adding the United States and five other nations to their list of approved countries for nonessential travel at their meeting today.
According to the report, the change will come into effect in the next several days.
The countries of Taiwan, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania and Lebanon will also be added to the list allowing their residents to enter the nations of the entire European Union for tourism purposes.
China’s administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau will be included as well, and an existing clause regarding reciprocal measures will be removed.
The nations of the EU are now being recommended to gradually lift what restrictions they have currently for eight nations that are on the list, including Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Australia and Rwanda.
However, the nations of the bloc are still allowed to require that any traveler present results from a negative Covid-19 test or even to quarantine, if they so choose, according to the Reuters report.
Over 400,000 total coronavirus cases in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 416,741 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the cases diagnosed in Greece in the past seven days, just 24 are associated with foreign travel and 1,089 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 330 patients intubated currently, 86.4% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 67.
On Wednesday alone, 95 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.
Additionally, a total of 2,589 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 13 new deaths recorded on Wednesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 12,478; 95.2% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.