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Trend of Record-High Coronavirus Cases Continues in Greece

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Coronavirus cases have skyrocketed in Greece. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece recorded 6,808 cases of the coronavirus on Thursday — the highest number ever recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic.

The country had recorded 6,150 new cases of the virus the day before, on Wednesday.

The previous record for the highest number of coronavirus cases recorded in one day was broken this Tuesday, when 6,700 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Greece.

In the past day, a total of 203,058 coronavirus tests have been administered, including both PCR and rapid tests, bringing the positivity rate in Greece to 3.35%. This figure is up from yesterday’s positivity rate, which was 2.65%.

Tragically, 42 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in Greece over the past 24-hour period, which is seven fewer than the 49 deaths recorded in the country on Wednesday.

The average age of those who have tested positive for the virus in Greece is 39, and the average age of those who have died with the virus is 78.

A total of just 12 of Thursday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.

Currently, there are 441 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is ten more than the 431 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country on Wednesday.

PM: No new lockdown in Greece despite coronavirus numbers

Despite days of elevated coronavirus cases, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis maintains that there will not be a new lockdown in the country.

Speaking to the Parliament on Wednesday, Mitsotakis stated that the Greek “society and economy are not likely to close down.”

He also stressed that the pandemic is the most dangerous for the unvaccinated, and urged those who have not yet received their shot to do so.

Mitsotakis stated that “if we had a higher vaccination rate, the pressure on the hospitals would have reduced and we could have finally avoided this adventure.”

He also reassured all those who have been vaccinated that they will not lose any of the privileges they currently have.

1,475 coronavirus cases in Attica, 1,117 in Thessaloniki

Of the 6,808 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 1,475 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.

In the city of Athens, a total of 416 cases of Covid-19 were identified Thursday.

In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 1,117 cases of the virus were identified today.

Over 700,000 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Greece

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 767,376 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.

Of the 441 patients intubated currently, 80.7% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 64.

The majority of those who are on ventilators in Greece, or 83.67%, are unvaccinated against the coronavirus.

Additionally, a total of 3,334 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The 42 new deaths recorded on Thursday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 16,151.

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