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Music is Back in Greece after Coronavirus Measures Scaled Back

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Greece has dialed back its coronavirus measures on Thursday, as Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced that music would be allowed once again in bars and restaurants starting Monday.

After the country experienced a troubling jump in cases around the holidays, a strict set of anti-virus measures were put in place, which involved banning music from bars, restaurants, and cafes, which would have to close at midnight.

Such establishments will be under no restrictions in terms of operating hours as of Monday. However, all patrons must still be seated — no standing customers will be allowed — as per the original measures.

Additionally, the limit of 1,000 spectators at stadiums, which can operate at up to 10% of their capacity, will remain in effect.

19,712 coronavirus cases, 112 deaths on Thursday

Greece confirmed 19,712 new coronavirus infections and 112 deaths associated with the virus in the last 24 hours, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Thursday.

A total of 17,960 cases were recorded in the country the day before, Monday, and 115 people died with the virus.

Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed a total of 1,867,935 Covid-19 infections. Of the cases recorded in the last seven days, 380 infections are related to travel from abroad and 1,113 to other confirmed cases.

The 112 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 23,083. Of those who passed away, 95 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.

79.62% of intubated patients with coronavirus in Greece unvaccinated

A total of 633 coronavirus patients are on ventilators in hospitals on Thursday, compared to the 646 undergoing the treatment the day before.

Their median age is 66 and 83.6 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 504 (79.62%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 129 (20.38%) are fully vaccinated. Another 4,004 patients have been discharged from ICUs in Greece since the pandemic began.

In addition, 415 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours. The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 449.

The median age of those with new infections is 35 years, while the median age of the deceased is 78.

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