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Covid-19: Greece Records 24,256 Cases Thursday

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Greece confirmed 24,256 new Covid-19 infections and 59 deaths associated with the virus in the last 24 hours, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) announced on Thursday.

A total of 23,748 cases had been recorded in the country the day before, Wednesday, and 44 people died with the virus.

Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed a total of 2,732,866 Covid-19 infections. Of the cases recorded in the last seven days, 211 infections are related to travel from abroad and 1,675 to other confirmed cases.

348 people with Covid-19 on ventilators in Greece

The 59 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 26,792. Of those who passed away, 95.2 percent had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.

A total of 348 coronavirus patients are on ventilators in hospitals on Thursday, compared to the 354 undergoing the treatment the day before.

The median age of intubated patients is 69 and 90.2 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 224 (64.37%) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 124 (35.63%) are fully vaccinated.

A total of 4,381 patients have been discharged from ICUs in Greece since the pandemic began.

In addition, 338 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 300.

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

Pfizer CEO: fourth shot necessary

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Sunday that it will be necessary to receive an additional fourth booster shot against Covid-19.

During an interview on CBS he said that “It is necessary, a fourth booster right now…The protection that you are getting from the third, it is good enough, actually quite good for hospitalizations and deaths.”

“It’s not that good against infections, but doesn’t last very long,” he added. “But we are just submitting those data to the FDA and then we will see what the experts also will say outside Pfizer.”

During his interview on Sunday, Bourla reiterated his company’s goal of creating a vaccine that is effective against all variants of COVID-19, for longer periods of time.

“We are working very diligently right now … to make not only a vaccine that will protect against all variants, including omicron, but also something that can protect for at least a year,” he said. “And if we be able to achieve that, then I think it is very easy to follow and remember so that we can go back to really the way used to live.”

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