Greece’s coronavirus figures on Saturday number 394 new cases on Saturday, which marks 75 fewer instances of the virus than the 469 cases that had been recorded on Friday.
Coronavirus figures in Greece decrease
The low COVID-19 figures have brought the lifting of restrictions for Greek citizens.
The number of intubated patients is slowly but steadily declining, with 301 patients in ICU, while the number of new deaths is 20, the same number as those who tragically passed away yesterday, Friday.
According to the National Public Health Organization (EODY), four of the 394 cases in the past 24 hours were identified after checks at the country’s gates.
The total number of cases is 418,095 (daily change + 0.1 percent), of which 51.2 percent are men. Based on the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 24 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 933 are related to an already known case.
The total number of dead from COVID-19 has reached 12,534, of which 95.2 percent had an underlying disease and / or were over 70 years old.
The number of patients treated by intubation is 301 (64.5 percent men). Their median age is 67 years; 85.7 percent have an underlying disease and / or are over 70 years old.
A large percentage of Satuday’s cases, 163 of them, were detected in Attica. The second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki recorded only 43 cases in the last 24 hours.
40,746 coronavirus tests were taken within the past 24 hours, making these figures even more encouraging. This means that the positivity rate was only 0.97 percent.
AstraZeneca vaccine not suited for under-60s
The AstraZeneca vaccine should not be given to those under sixty in Greece, the National Vaccination Committee announced on Monday.
The president of the committee, Maria Theodoridou, spoke after the meeting which was held to analyze the course of the vaccination campaign in Greece.
Currently, the vaccine is offered to those over 30; however newest guidelines outline that people wishing to become vaccinated with the AstraZeneca product should be over the age of 60.
Theodoridou stressed that those who have already had the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccination should get their second dose as well — regardless of age — in order to be considered fully inoculated. This is because the side effects are extremely rare following the second dose.
The only case in which people should take a different vaccine for their second dose is if they have experienced severe side effects from the first dose.
When asked about this recommendation, Theodoridou reiterated that “those who have taken the first dose will continue with the same vaccine for the second dose.”
She continued by stating that “those who want to change due to fear, should think very seriously about it,” as doctors will not recommend using a combination of vaccines unless there is a significant reason to do so.