Health officials fear that the strain could spread rapidly and may even become the dominant strain of the virus in Greece.
“The situation in Europe worries us, it indicates rapid spread of the new variant, which could lead to a Pan-european epidemic of massive dimensions,” Greek epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras stated.
The majority of the 26 cases of the variant that have been found in Greece were not linked to trips abroad, which indicates that the variant is in the country and has been spreading.
Although the variant may bring about less severe cases of the virus, it seems to be efficient at evading the protection offered by two doses of the vaccine, which is why officials strongly urge those who have been vaccinated receive their third dose.
Greece records 3,689 cases, 85 deaths, and 670 intubations
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 97,428 coronavirus tests have been administered, including both PCR and rapid tests, bringing the positivity rate in Greece to 3.78%.
A total of 85 people with Covid-19 passed away in Greece on Monday alone, compared to the 91 people who died with the virus in the country on Sunday.
Just three of Monday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 670 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, eight more than the 662 in the country on Sunday.
1,076 Covid cases in Attica, 529 in Thessaloniki
A total of 313 cases of Covid-19 were identified in central Athens on Monday.
In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 529 cases of the virus were identified today.
Over 1,000,000 cases of coronavirus recorded in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 1,037,759 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the 670 patients intubated currently, 80.6% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 64.
Additionally, a total of 3,667 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 85 new deaths recorded on Monday bring the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities in the country to 19,976.