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Late With COVID-19 Tests, Greece Sends Out Mobile Units

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FILE - In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

ATHENS – After being widely praised for bringing a quick lockdown to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Greece’s New Democracy has sent out 500 mobile units to take samples and tests of people after doctors and health works complained it hadn’t been done and that there was a lack of equipment for them.

The units will visit homes where there are suspected cases of infection, under the guidance of the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said Kathimerini, as the Health Ministry said two more deaths brought the total to 81 as of April 7.

There were 77 new cases that day, raising the total to 1,832 with 90 patients still being intubated in hospital intensive care units.

Hospital doctors staged protests around Greece to press demands for the government to hire additional medical staff and use more resources from the private sector with testing not being down on a broad basis.

Doctors and other staff members led the silent demonstrations at the front entrance of Greece's largest hospital in central Athens, wearing surgical and protective gear.

Holding up banners reading "We fight for you. Shout for us," the doctors said more resources were needed to deal with the pandemic in Greece.

The protests were held outside more than a dozen hospitals, organized by the national hospital doctors' union. It also had the backing from the Greek Communist Party, which sent lawmakers to several of the demonstration points.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)