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Greece Announces 43,386 New Covid-19 Cases; Hospitalizations Surge

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Record numbers of Covid-19 hospitalizations occurred on Wednesday in Greece as the health care system continues to be severely strained. Credit: Greek Reporter

A total of 43,386 Covid-19 cases were announced on Wednesday in Greece.

Although this is 6,740 fewer than had been diagnosed on Tuesday, which had set a record for the number of cases in one day since the start of the pandemic, serious questions are being raised about hospital capacity as a sharp spike occurred in the number of coronavirus hospitalizations.

The number of admissions of new Covid-19 patients to Greek hospitals comes to 641, showing a large daily increase of 41.81%. The average seven-day admission is 462 patients.

Greece Covid-19 situation placing stress on hospitals

So far, the number of intubated patients has stayed relatively stable.

However, the increased number of admissions places even more pressure on the Healthcare system and questions are raised regarding how much longer it can sustain its levels of care, especially since many health professionals are sick and have been quarantined.

It remains unknown at this stage whether the increase in hospital admissions will lead to an increase in the number of intubated ICUs and deaths.

There were a total of 62 coronavirus-related deaths in Greece over the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, there were 628 intubated patients in Intensive Care Units on Wednesday, nine more than the 619 patients who were on ventilators the day prior.

Of Wednesday’s total cases, 17,526 are located in Attica, which is 2,302 down from the 19,828 that were diagnosed there yesterday. Thessaloniki detected 4,877 new cases on Thursday while there were 5,459 announced there yesterday.

A total of 416,400 coronavirus tests were performed around the country, bringing the positivity rate up to 10.41% from the 7.71% that was recorded yesterday.

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A large line for COVID testing is formed outside a pharmacy in Trikala as cases surge across Greece. Credit: Greek Reporter / Vasiliki Chletsi

A new coronavirus record had been set in Greece on Tuesday, with the country’s health authorities announcing 50,126 new cases across the country. That number is 13,880 cases more than the 36,246 cases recorded on Monday.

Before Tuesday, the previous record for the highest number of coronavirus cases recorded in one day in Greece had been broken last Friday, when 40,560 cases of the virus were identified in the country.

Last Friday had been the fifth consecutive day that Greece had broken a record for the most cases in 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic.

The total cases in Greece were 36,246 on Monday, 17,633 on Sunday, 30,010 on Saturday, 40,560 on Friday, 35,580 on Thursday, and 28,828 last Wednesday (12/29.)

Only 69 of Wednesday’s cases were identified after checks at the country’s gates. The total number of cases in the country since the beginning of the pandemic is now 1,388,309.

Based on the number of confirmed cases of the last week, 326 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 1,398 are related to an already known case.

There have been a total of 21,115 coronavirus-related deaths in Greece since the beginning of the pandemic. 95.1% of all these people had suffered from an underlying disease and / or were age 70 years and older.

Among all the patients undergoing to invasive treatment of intubation, 532 (84.71%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 96 (15.29%) are fully vaccinated.

The median age of all those diagnosed with Covid-19 in Greece is now 36 years.

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