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Greece Sees Spike in COVID Cases for Second Consecutive Day, 865 New, 6 Deaths

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A medical worker wearing protective gear collects a swab from a commuter during rapid tests for COVID-19 at Syntagma station, the busiest metro station, in central Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS -- Greek confirmed coronavirus infections soared to 865 on Wednesday, from 667 on Tuesday, reflecting the concern of authorities recently about several cluster outbreaks in Greece, especially the north.

The National Public Health Organization (EODY) said that of the 865, 82 were linked to known clusters and 44 were identified at entry points to Greece. The confirmed pandemic cases in Greece total 27,334 since late February, with 3,672 of these related to travel abroad and 10,802 to already confirmed cases.

In addition, 86 patients are intubated in hospitals. Their median age is 66 years, 91.9 percent have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or above, and 28 of them are women. Since the start of the pandemic in Greece, 265 patients have been discharged from ICUs.

EODY also announced 6 deaths, bringing Greece's total to 534. Of the total, their median age was 79 years, 96.3 pct had an underlying condition and/or age 70 years or above, and 201 were women.

From October 14 to October 21, the daily cases of intubated patients has remained within the 80s range (81-87), while deaths ranged between 7 and 13 for the same period.

In terms of new daily infections, the numbers are as follows: 436 (Oct. 14), 453 (Oct. 15), 508 (Oct. 16), 482 (Oct. 17), 438 (Oct. 18 and 19), 667 (Oct. 20) and 865 (today).