Cyprus now has the highest Covid infection rate per 100,000 residents in the world. Agence France-Presse released a report on Covid cases per capita on Tuesday in which Cyprus led the world, with 2,505 cases per 100,000 residents.
Behind Cyprus was Denmark, with 2,117, Ireland with 1,946), Greece with 1,762 and France with 1,680. Cyprus reported five new record high days the week leading up to New Year’s. The country hit 5,048 cases on New Year’s Eve.
The surge is the result of the spread of the Omicron variant, which Cypriot Health minister Michalis Ηadjipantelas said was now the dominant strain in Cyprus, making up 80% of its cases.
Cyprus’ government met on Thursday to discuss the necessity of a new lockdown or further Covid restrictions in response to the surge.
President Nicos Anastasiades subsequently announced that the government will not seek a new lockdown, instead urging people to listen to scientists and doctors and complete their full course of the vaccines.
Cyprus changed its entry requirements earlier this week, requiring a negative PCR test conducted no more than 48 hours before arrival in order to enter the country.
Cyprus has had 177,721 known Covid cases and 641 deaths since the pandemic first began in 2020.
Greece hit with Omicron wave
That continues the decrease in cases that has been noted over the last several days. A total of 43,386 Covid-19 cases had been diagnosed on Wednesday in Greece.
That was 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.
The number of admissions of new coronavirus patients to Greek hospitals on Wednesday came to 641, showing a large daily increase of 41.81%. The average seven-day admission was 462 patients.
There had been a total of 62 coronavirus-related deaths in Greece on Wednesday; Thursday’s total represented an increase of eight.
Meanwhile, there are 639 people on ventilators across Greece on Thursday, an increase of seventeen individuals over the day prior. The 628 intubated patients in Intensive Care Units on Wednesday represented nine more than the 619 patients who had been on ventilators the day before, showing a disturbing upward trend.
Among intubated patients, officials state that 542 (84.82%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 97 (15.18%) are fully vaccinated.
The number of new admissions of Covid-19 patients to Greek hospitals is 593, showing a daily decrease of 7.49%.
The number of tests performed around the country during the last 24 hours came to 420,227.
A total of 76 Covid-19 cases were identified after checks at the country’s entrance gates and borders.
The total number of cases as of Thursday comes to 1,422,020. Based on the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 358 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 1,409 are related to an already known case.
A total of 21,185 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Almost all of the victims, 95.1%, suffered from underlying disease and / or were age 70 years and older.
On Thursday, officials from the EODY stated that 80.3% of all intubated patients have an underlying disease and / or are age 70 years and older. A total of 542 (84.82%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 97 (15.18%) are fully vaccinated.
The median age of death in those who have the coronavirus in Greece is 78 years, showing no change from several days prior.