The number of Covid-related deaths in Greece reached the grim total of 14,956 from February 2020 to Monday, October 4 as the government is mulling new measures to encourage vaccination among the population.
In September alone, one of the harshest months in Greece since the start of the pandemic, there were 1,100 deaths related to Covid-19, with approximately 300 people per week succumbing to the pandemic.
The majority of those who died in September were aged over 65 years, and most of them were unvaccinated.
More than 40 percent of all Covid-19-related deaths so far were documented around the hospitals of Macedonia and Thrace where the second wave of the pandemic swept through.
In Athens, a total of 5,500 people have succumbed with the virus; 3,000 deaths were noted in the Peloponnese, and 400 died in Crete.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) states that the Greek death rate for the last 14 days has represented a ratio of 47 deaths for every one million people. Greece’s numbers are quite high, but they are better than Romania, at 75:1 million, Lithuania, with 80.5 deaths:1 million and Bulgaria, at 139 deaths:1 million.
36 new Covid-related deaths confirmed in Greece
On Monday, the National Public Health Organization (EODY), confirmed 2,125 new coronavirus infections, with five of these identified at entry points to the country.
Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed a total of 663,433 infections. In the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 90 infections are related to travel from abroad and 2,897 to other confirmed cases.
There have also been 36 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 14,956. Of these, 95.4 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.
A total of 342 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 66 years and 80.1 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 304 (88.89 percent) are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated and 38 (11.11 percent) are fully vaccinated.
Another 3,180 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.
In addition, 138 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours. The average numbers of hospital admissions of those with Covid-19 over the last 7 days was 162.
New measures to encourage Covid-19 vaccination
Greece’s Health Ministry is set to announce a new mix of measures on Wednesday that seek to drive home the message that widespread vaccination is the only way forward and out of the pandemic.
In comments to Skai TV on Monday, Health Minister Thanos Plevris indicated that these measures may include greater freedoms for vaccinated people in indoor leisure and entertainment venues and more restrictions for the unvaccinated. Allowing concerts and other live music events but limiting access to them only to vaccinated people is, reportedly, also in the cards.
The new public health safety measures come in response to mounting frustration among vaccinated citizens over continued restrictions stemming from high transmission rates, driven mainly by the unvaccinated.
Several studies undertaken the the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that those who are unvaccinated are 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than the vaccinated.
As Smithsonian Magazine reported in September, those who were not vaccinated made up 95 percent of all Covid-19 cases in the United States, as well as 93 percent of hospitalizations and 92 percent of deaths that occurred between April 4 to June 19 of this year.
Published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on September 10, the paper stated that the study proved that those who are vaccinated were almost five times less likely to become infected with the coronavirus. They were also ten times less likely to need hospitalization due to complications associated with the virus.