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Covid-19: Over 100 Deaths in Greece Monday

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Greece announced that a total of 18,834 new Covid-19 cases had been diagnosed around the country on Monday, while 101 people suffering with the coronavirus had passed away over the past 24 hours.

There had been a total of 95 coronavirus-related deaths in Greece on Sunday; Monday’s total represented an increase of six. A total of 10,783 Covid-19 cases had been diagnosed on Sunday in Greece.

The number of admissions of new coronavirus patients to Greek hospitals on Monday came to 472, showing a daily decrease of -16.16%. The average number of admissions over the last seven days was 555 patients.

Meanwhile, there are 672 people on ventilators across Greece on Monday, showing a decrease of eight from the day prior.

81.7% of intubated patients with Covid-19 in Greece are unvaccinated

Among intubated patients, officials state that 565 (81.7%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and 114 (18.3%) are fully vaccinated.

A total of 45 Covid-19 cases were identified after checks at the country’s entrance gates and borders.

The total number of cases as of Monday comes to 1,679,705. Based on the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 473 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 2,148 are related to an already known case.

A total of 22,087 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 Monday, officials from the EODY stated that 79.2% 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.

Ioannidis: pandemic to endemic transition already happening

Dr. John Ioannidis, a graduate of the Medical School of the University of Athens, says that Greece and other Western nations are likely transitioning out of the pandemic and into an endemic phase of the coronavirus.

Although many countries are still grappling with high hospitalization rates, that is most likely due for the most part to the lingering effects of the Delta wave, he states.

“Omicron has the characteristics of an endemic wave,” the medical professor says, telling Greek Reporter in an exclusive interview that this includes “seasonal appearance, high rates of transmission, disproportionately low death burden in a setting where there is very high background immunity due to prior infection and/or vaccination.”

Ioannidis states to Greek Reporter “Omicron is very difficult to stop and it has indeed replaced Delta. In many places, the transition to Omicron is practically complete and Omicron represents almost 100% of the new infections by mid-January; other places are getting there more slowly.

“Omicron also seems to offer good immunity against Delta,” he notes, while acknowledging “We still see in some countries, including several states in the USA, in Greece, and several European counties a substantial number of deaths.

“This reflects probably both the earlier infections from Delta (death follows several weeks after the original infection), some of the clinical burden of Omicron itself (given the extremely high number of infections), the lack of high vaccination coverage in the elderly and vulnerable people, and the continuous stress on healthcare systems.”

The Stanford University medical professor then states categorically “For countries that have achieved very high vaccination rates in the elderly and that have functional healthcare systems (e.g. almost all of the western European countries), the transition from the pandemic phase to the endemic phase most likely has already happened.”

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