This is the highest number of cases ever recorded in the country in a 24-hour period since the start of the pandemic.
Just 14 of Tuesday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 635 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, six more than the 629 in the country on Monday.
This brings the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities in the country to 20,557 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Coronavirus Quarantine for those without symptoms in Greece reduced from 10 to five days
Greece has reduced the quarantine period for those who have tested positive for the virus but experience no symptoms from ten days to five on Tuesday.
Greece’s special committee of epidemiological experts suggested that the quarantine period be reduced for those with asymptomatic cases of the virus after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national public health agency of the US, changed its own guidelines on Monday.
CDC officials announced on Monday that their new recommendation is to isolate for five days instead of ten, and to wear a mask for five more days after.
“The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after,” the CDC released in a statement.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, said that the new guidelines “balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses. These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives.”
9,882 Coronavirus cases in Attica, 2,665 in Thessaloniki
A total of 3,226 cases of Covid-19 were identified in central Athens on Tuesday.
In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 2,665 cases of the virus were identified today.
Over one million Coronavirus cases recorded in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 1,105,885 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the 635 patients intubated currently, 79.8% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 63.
Additionally, a total of 3,734 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
New anti-virus measures to be in effect starting January 3
Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced a series of new anti-coronavirus measures that will be in effect in Greece starting January 3 on Monday.
They will last for two weeks, until January 16, but they may be extended if necessary.
Greeks will be required to wear either an N95 (or equivalent) mask, or two masks, in supermarkets and on public transportation. Those who work in the food service industry must also follow these rules regarding masks while at work.
Although not required, it is recommended that everyone wear N95 or double masks at all times to avoid contracting the omicron variant.
Restaurants, bars, cafes, and entertainment venues will have to close at midnight, and customers will have to be seated, not standing. Additionally, no more than six people will be allowed to sit at a table.
Currently, music is allowed at bars, restaurants, and cafes, but if the new rules are not followed, it will be banned as it was in the past.