The number of admissions of new coronavirus patients to Greek hospitals on Tuesday came to 475, showing a daily increase of 0.64%. The average number of admissions over the last seven days was 552 patients.
Meanwhile, there are 673 people on ventilators across Greece on Tuesday, showing an increase of one from the day prior.
81.43% of intubated patients with Covid-19 in Greece are unvaccinated
Among intubated patients, officials state that 548 (81.43%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and 125 (18.57%) are fully vaccinated.
A total of 53 Covid-19 cases were identified after checks at the country’s entrance gates and borders.
The total number of cases as of Tuesday comes to 1,703,396. Based on the confirmed cases of the last seven days, 443 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 2,214 are related to an already known case.
A total of 22,197 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Almost all of the victims, 95.0%, suffered from underlying disease and / or were age 70 years and older.
On Tuesday, officials from the EODY stated that 80.1% 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.
“Twindemic:” flu and Covid-19 hit Europe
The flu has returned to Europe after temporarily being supplanted by Covid-19 last year. Countries are now on alert for the potential of a “twindemic,” a concurrent surge in flu cases and Covid-19 cases that could wreak havoc in hospitals.
Covid had pushed influenza aside last year, becoming the dominant infection across the globe. But now the flu is spreading through Europe at “a higher than expected rate,” according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Pasi Penttinen, the ECDC’s primary expert on the flu, said that “If we start to lift all measures, the big concern I have for influenza is that, because we have had such a long time of almost no circulation in the European population, maybe we will shift away from normal seasonal patterns.”
Europe is now confronted with the prospect of a twindemic as it struggles to manage the fight against the Omicron variant. The World Health Organization announced last week that more than half of Europe’s population is likely to be infected with Omicron in the next two months:
“At this rate, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) forecasts that more than 50% of the population in the region will be infected with omicron in the next six to eight weeks,” said Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe.