Greece announced 1,948 new cases of Covid-19 for the 24-hour period ending 3pm Sunday, as well as 33 deaths, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 13,384.
According to the National Public Health Organization (EODY) the number of patients on ventilators was 318 early Sunday afternoon, up from 317 a day earlier and 241 last Sunday.
The number of fatalities is the highest since early June and patients on ventilators are at a two-month high.
Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed 559,186 infections. In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 151 infections are related to travel from abroad and 1,712 to other confirmed cases.
In addition, 229 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours. The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 255.
The median age of new infections is 40 years, while the median age of the deceased is 78. In the same period, 62,418 tests were conducted, with 3.12 percent testing positive.
The Attica region, which includes the capital, had 444 new cases, followed by Iraklio Thessaloniki (191) and the island of Crete (170).
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 559,186 confirmed coronavirus cases.
Worrying Covid-19 ICU occupancy rate in Greece
The occupancy rate in intensive care units nationally is nearly 60% with admissions rising by 29.44% in the last 10 days alone, University of Patras Medical School professor and pathologist Charalambos Gogos said earlier in the week.
On Crete the occupancy rate is 96.5 percent, he told journalists at a live briefing on the pandemic, adding that the vast majority of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated.
“Until we reach the necessary immunity rate, which may reach over 80-85%, we need to follow individual protection measures thoroughly,” said Gogos, who also sits at the Health Ministry’s committee on the pandemic.
The fourth wave is expanding globally due to the Delta variant, which has dominated all other strains to a rate of 85% in all new cases.
The whole of Greece has turned red
The Covid-19 pandemic in Greece is worsening as data from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released on Thursday shows.
The whole country is now colored in red, meaning that the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate ranges from 75 to 200 and the test positivity rate of tests for COVID-19 infection is four percent.
The news is more disheartening for the regions of Crete, the Ionian islands, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese which are marked in deep red, meaning that the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case notification rate is 500 or more. This suggests that all but essential travel to and from these regions is discouraged.
Cyprus is also colored in deep red.
The ECDC, the European Centers for Disease Control, updates the Covid-19 status of each country weekly.