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Covid-19 Numbers Remain Elevated in Greece

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Greece recorded a total of 8,100 cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, while 7,287 were recorded in the country yesterday, Monday.

The record for the highest number of coronavirus cases recorded in one day in Greece was broken on November 9, when 8,623 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed.

In the past day, a total of 643,683 coronavirus tests have been administered, including both PCR and rapid tests, bringing the positivity rate in Greece to 1.25%. This is down from yesterday’s rate, which was 6.85%.

The average age of those who have tested positive for the virus in Greece is still 38, and the average age of those who have died with the virus is still 78, showing no change over the past several days.

A total of 91 people with the virus passed away in the country on Tuesday alone; this is 14 fewer than the 105 people who died with Covid-19 in Greece on Monday.

Just ten of Tuesday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.

Currently, there are 597 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is 11 fewer than the 608 patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country on Monday.

WHO concerned over virus surge in Europe, predicts increase in deaths

The World Health Organization has expressed grave concern over the recent surge in coronavirus transmission across Europe.

A recent projection from the organization suggests that the region could face 700,000 deaths from the virus by Spring.

The WHO cites low vaccination rates, less-than stringent use of masks, and the coming winter months as propelling factors for the increase in not only the transmission of the virus, but also deaths from it.

Many countries across Europe have implemented strict anti-virus measures that resemble those enacted at the beginning of the pandemic in response to the surge in cases.

Other countries, such as Greece, have put Covid-19 measures barring the unvaccinated from entering indoor spaces in place.

Austria heightened its anti-Covid measures last week, establishing perhaps the most stringent restrictions in western Europe as it prepares to introduce a vaccine mandate for its entire adult population come February.

Austria’s new lockdown began on Monday and is set to last for 10 days, but could potentially be extended to 20 days. This lockdown applies to both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, and follows Austria’s previous lockdown which prevented the unvaccinated for going outside for non-essential reasons.

The lockdowns for unvaccinated people began Monday. Austria currently has the lowest amount of fully vaccinated citizens of any western European country, with 64% of Austrians fully vaccinated.

2,114 coronavirus cases in Attica, 1,472 in Thessaloniki

Of the 8,100 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 2,114 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.

A total of 644 cases of Covid-19 were identified in central Athens on Tuesday.

In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 1,472 cases of the virus were identified today.

Over 800,000 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Greece

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 894,555 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.

Of the 597 patients intubated currently, 80.7% 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 82.41%, are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Additionally, a total of 3,464 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The 91 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities in the country to 17,517.

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