The number of new Covid-19 infections in Greece surged to 4,206 on Tuesday. Data from the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) showed that the number of patients on ventilators rose to 258 from 250 the previous day, while 16 patients died of Covid-19.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 543,749 confirmed coronavirus cases in Greece. Out of the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 135 infections are related to travel from abroad and 1,524 to other confirmed cases.
There are also 16 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 13,253. Of these, 95.2 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.
A total of 258 patients are on ventilators in hospitals.
The median age of new infections is 40 years, while the median age of the deceased is 78.
Over 5.1 million have completed Covid-19 vaccination in Greece
Greece has completed 11 million vaccinations as of Monday, Secretary General for Primary Health Marios Themistocleous said at the weekly live briefing on Monday.
That total number refers to both those who have completed vaccination against Covid-19 or have had the first dose of vaccine only.
He said that over 5.85 million citizens have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, corresponding to 55.6% of the general population, or 65% of the adult population.
Over 5.15 million have completed their vaccination series, or 52.5% of the general population and 61.6% of the adult cohort.
Age groups with the highest rates of vaccination include:
- 75-79 (84.4%)
- 65-69 (80.1%)
- 70-74 (78.7%)
- 60-64 (75.9%)
The lowest rates are observed in the age groups:
- 25-39 (ranging between 50% and 53.5%)
- 18-24 (39.4% have had at least one dose)
- 15-17 (11.1%)
- 12-14 (3%)
First death of fully vaccinated from Covid-19 patient
On Sunday, Greece recorded the first death of a patient who had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and did not have an underlying disease.
According to Dr. Nikos Kapravelos, assistant director of the Intensive Care Unit at Papanikolaou Hospital, the man, who was 70 years old, had received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, as had his family, before he became infected. He had been hospitalized after suffering from severe pneumonia.
“It simply came to our notice then. The Delta variant also affects vaccinated people. We should not see the inoculated as invincible, they should also be careful,” the physician said on Open television.
“However,” he noted, “vaccines are effective and remain the most powerful weapon in the fight against the pandemic.”