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Greece Relaxes Coronavirus Restrictions as Deaths Surpass 25,000

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Greece will ease its coronavirus restrictions starting Saturday, February 19, as the number of deaths in those who had died with the virus in the country surpassed 25,000 on Wednesday.

Patrons of bars, restaurants, and cafes can now stand up and even dance starting on Saturday, whereas they were only permitted to sit down previously.

Additionally, conferences can be conducted at 100% capacity if all present are vaccinated, and stadiums can operate at 50% of their capacity. Under the stricter measures, stadiums had been working at just 10% capacity.

A total of 20% of both the public and private workforce will stay at home to work remotely, while the rest may go back to work in person.

Although the measures were relaxed in Greece, the country decided against allowing festivities for Carnival, including parades, which is approaching.

19,509 coronavirus cases recorded in Greece Wednesday

Greece confirmed 19,509 new Covid-19 infections and 82 deaths associated with the virus in the last 24 hours, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) announced on Wednesday.

A total of 21,412 cases were recorded in the country the day before, Tuesday, and 77 people had died with the virus during that 24-hour period.

Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed a total of 2,235,920 Covid-19 infections. Of the cases recorded in the last seven days, 373 infections are related to travel from abroad and 2,186 to other confirmed cases.

The 82 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 25,001. Of those who passed away, 95 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.

A total of 485 coronavirus patients are on ventilators in hospitals on Wednesday, compared to the 489 undergoing the treatment the day before.

Their median age is 66 and 86 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 364 (75.05%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 121 (24.95%) are fully vaccinated. Another 4,164 patients have been discharged from ICUs in Greece since the pandemic began.

In addition, 448 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 seven days was 394.

The median age of those with new infections is 35 years, while the median age of the deceased is 79.

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