A total of 17,409 cases were recorded in the country the day before, Monday, and 98 people died with the virus.
Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed a total of 1,848,223 Covid-19 infections. Of the cases recorded in the last seven days, 381 infections are related to travel from abroad and 1,372 to other confirmed cases.
The 115 deaths associated with the coronavirus recorded in the last 24 hours bring the total number of people who have died with the virus in Greece to 22,970. Of those who passed away, 95 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.
The death rate per million in Greece, which is higher than most European countries and even the US, has caused major concern in the country.
80.19% of intubated patients with coronavirus in Greece unvaccinated
Their median age is 66 and 82.7 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 518 (80.19%) are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated and 128 (19.81%) are fully vaccinated. Another 3,993 patients have been discharged from ICUs in Greece since the pandemic began.
The median age of those with new infections is 35 years, while the median age of the deceased is 78.
Booster shot crucial to protection against omicron
Data from new studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot offers significant protection against serious infection from Omicron.
The omicron variant of Covid has become the most dominant strain in the world since it first emerged three months ago in South Africa. The data from the CDC’s three new studies is significant since it represents the first study conducted on Omicron using real-world information, tracking Covid-19 hospitalizations from August 2021 to January 2022, the window of time in which Omicron took over dominance from the Delta variant.
The first study found that two doses of an mRNA Covid vaccine were still 76 percent effective against the Delta variant six months after being administered, but that efficacy dropped to 38 percent against Omicron. A booster shot of the vaccine was found to cause protection against Omicron to rise to 82 percent.
The second study analyzed Covid-19 cases and deaths from April 2021 to December 2021. The study found that two doses of the vaccine cut down the risk of a fatal Covid-19 infection 12-fold and that a booster further reduced that risk to 53-fold.
“In 25 U.S.jurisdictions, decreases in case incidence rate ratios for unvaccinated versus fully vaccinated persons with and without vaccine doses were observed when the Omicron variant emerged in December 2021,” the authors of the study wrote. “Protection against infection and death during the Delta-predominant period against infection during Omicron emergence were higher among booster vaccine recipients, and especially among persons aged 50-64 and >65 years.”
The third study looked exclusively at 70,000 symptomatic Covid cases documented from December 2021 to early January 2022, the period in which Omicron cases surged. The study concluded that people with a booster dose of the vaccine were 66 percent less likely to contract a symptomatic case compared to those who only had two doses.