Greece has now been designated a “dark red” country on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC) coronavirus map which shows each European country’s Covid-19 status.
The ECDC releases a series of maps each week that indicate the epidemiological circumstances across Europe, based on data for the 14 days up to midnight on Tuesday of each week.
According to its most comprehensive map, which combines coronavirus positivity, testing, and notification rates, Greece is now a “dark red” country, and the coronavirus situation in the country ranks among the most worrying in Europe.
Belgium, Poland, Holland, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, and Slovenia also rank in the same category as Greece.
Countries have been been given the dark red designation due to an sharp increase in “infections, hospitalizations, and the number of deaths” in a two-week period.
Greece records 6,862 Coronavirus cases, 508 intubations
Greece recorded 6,862 cases of the coronavirus on Friday, following a trend of elevated case numbers in the country. A total of 6,801 were recorded in Greece on Thursday.
The record for the highest number of coronavirus cases recorded in one day was broken on Tuesday, when 8,623 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Greece.
In the past day, a total of 502,356 coronavirus tests have been administered, including both PCR and rapid tests, bringing the positivity rate in Greece to 1.37%. This figure is down from yesterday’s positivity rate, which was 1.97%.
Tragically, 55 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in Greece over the past 24-hour period, which is 12 fewer than the 67 deaths recorded in the country on Thursday.
The average age of those who have tested positive for the virus in Greece is 38, and the average age of those who have died with the virus is 78.
A total of just 11 of Friday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 508 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is five more than the 503 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country on Thursday.
1,491 coronavirus cases in Attica, 1,194 in Thessaloniki
Of the 6,862 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 1,491 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
A total of 464 cases of Covid-19 were identified in Athens on Friday.
In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 1,194 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 821,900 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the 508 patients intubated currently, 82.5% 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 83.27%, are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Additionally, a total of 3,391 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 55 new deaths recorded on Friday bring the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities in the country to 16,616.
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