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Covid-19 Cases Drop Slightly in Greece on Friday

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Greece announced that a total of 19,772 new Covid-19 cases had been diagnosed around the country on Friday, while 72 people suffering with the coronavirus had passed away over the past 24 hours.

There had been a total of 80 coronavirus-related deaths in Greece on Thursday; Friday’s total represented a decrease of eight. A total of 20,409 Covid-19 cases had been diagnosed on Thursday in Greece.

The number of admissions of new coronavirus patients to Greek hospitals on Friday came to 560, showing a daily decrease of -4.6%. The average number of admissions over the last seven days was 570 patients.

Meanwhile, there are 679 people on ventilators across Greece on Friday, showing an increase of 15 from the day prior.

83.21% of intubated patients with Covid-19 in Greece are unvaccinated

Among intubated patients, officials state that 565 (83.21%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and 114 (16.79%) are fully vaccinated.

A total of 65 Covid-19 cases were identified after checks at the country’s entrance gates and borders.

The total number of cases as of Friday comes to 1,632,641. Based on the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 577 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 2,326 are related to an already known case.

A total of 21,809 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 Friday, officials from the EODY stated that 79.5% of all intubated patients have an underlying disease and / or are age 70 years and older.

The median age of death in those who have the coronavirus in Greece is 78 years, showing no change from several days prior.

US Vaccine/testing mandate blocked

The US Supreme Court blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing mandate for large businesses on Thursday, but it upheld his mandate for healthcare workers.

The mandate targeted businesses with over 100 employees, in an effort to encourage increased vaccinations. It was a major move by Biden to mitigate the course of the pandemic.

The Supreme Court reached its decision after previously freezing a lower court opinion that let the mandate go into effect across the country. In their ruling, a majority of justices stated that matters of public health should be handled by a different agency than the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly. Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category,” the Court’s ruling says.

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