Greece recorded a rise in the number of daily coronavirus cases in the country on Thursday, as 3,605 total cases were recorded across the nation.
The current figure marks 130 more instances of the virus than the 3,475 cases that had been recorded on Wednesday. The average age of those who tested positive for the virus in Greece is 40.
A total of 14 of Thursday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 240 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is 14 more than the number of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Wednesday.
Tragically, 20 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is one more than those who died with the virus on Wednesday.
Coronavirus measures extended in Chania and Zakynthos
The existing anti-coronavirus measures currently in place in the city of Chania, Crete, and the island of Zakynthos will be extended, per an announcement from the Greek government on Thursday.
They will be in effect until August 18 at 6:00 AM, when officials will determine if they will be extended again or not.
According to the current measures, a nighttime curfew is in place beginning at 1:00 AM and running until 6:00 AM.
The only exceptions to this nighttime curfew will be for those who must go to and return from work or in case of a medical emergency.
Additionally, music is banned from every public venue, including cafes and bars, in Chania and Zakynthos.
It is also noted that organized private events, such as parties with more than 20 people in private, non-professional venues are also banned, with fines being exceptionally stiff.
This particular ban applies to the entirety of Greece — not just these two specific regions.
”The administrative fine in case of violation amounts from 50,000 to 200,000 euros,” the Civil Protection of Greece reminded citizens.
Earlier this summer, similar restrictions had also been imposed on the popular island destination of Mykonos, putting a damper on the social life of the island. They’re currently in effect in Heraklion.
938 coronavirus cases in Attica, 506 in Crete
Of the 3,605 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, a stunning 938 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
In the city of Athens, a total of 227 cases of Covid-19 were identified Thursday.
A total of 506 coronavirus cases were found on the island of Crete.
In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 298 cases of the virus were identified on Thursday.
Over 500,000 cases of coronavirus recorded in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 528,474 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 130 are associated with foreign travel and 2,533 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 240 patients intubated currently, 84.6% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 65.
Additionally, a total of 2,863 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 20 new deaths recorded on Thursday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 13,158; 95.2% of those who have passed away with Covid-19 were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.