Greece recorded 8,623 cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday — the highest number ever recorded in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The record for the highest number of coronavirus cases recorded in one day had just been broken yesterday, Monday, when 7,335 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Greece.
In the past day, a total of 636,213 coronavirus tests have been administered, including both PCR and rapid tests, bringing the positivity rate in Greece to 1.35%. This figure is down from yesterday’s positivity rate, which was 6.41%.
Tragically, 46 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in Greece over the past 24-hour period, which is 19 fewer than the 65 deaths recorded in the country on Monday.
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 19 of Tuesday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 486 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is 39 more than the 447 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country on Monday.
Greek Health Minister dispels rumors of new lockdown
Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris dispelled any rumors of a new lockdown in a statement to SKAI TV on Tuesday.
“At this time the philosophy behind the measures has only to do with the protection of the unvaccinated,” he stated.
“If more measures are necessary, these will be along the lines of the measures already announced and will concern restricted access to various locations or the possibility that access will be given with tracking and testing for the unvaccinated,” he continued.
“Schools will remain open and infections in schools are currently much lower than forecast,” Plevris added.
1,999 coronavirus cases in Attica, 1,440 in Thessaloniki
Of the 8,613 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 1,999 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
A total of 623 cases of Covid-19 were identified in Athens on Tuesday.
In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 1,440 cases of the virus were identified today.
Over 800,000 cases of Coronavirus recorded in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 801,208 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the 486 patients intubated currently, 81.7% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 65.
The majority of those who are on ventilators in Greece, or 83.95%, are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Additionally, a total of 3,364 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 46 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities in the country to 16,414.