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COVID-19 Cases Spike in Greece with 110 in the Last 24 Hours

Αssociated Press

In this photo taken on Friday, May 8, 2020, medical student Konstantinos Koufatzidis, foreground, takes the blood tests of patients from internal medicine Sofia Prappa at the COVID-19 Clinic of Sotiria Hospital in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS -- Greece registered 110 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, with 9 of the new cases confirmed during checks at the country's air and land entry points, and 19 registered in the Attica region, 37 in the Thessaloniki region and 3 at the island of Corfu.

The new cases total includes the newly detected 24 Covid-19-positive employees of a meat-processing plant in Kavala, reported Saturday.

The number of all cases totals 4,587 (54.8 pct men), of which 1,280 are connected to travel abroad and 2,252 to already known cases, the National Public Health Organization said.

Ten individuals are intubated in hospitals, of whom two are women. Their median age is 58 years, while a 60 pct has an underlying health condition or are aged 70 or over; 128 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the outbreak in Greece in January 2020.

With no new deaths since Friday, fatalities total 206 since the pandemic broke out in Greece, of whom 66 were women. The median age of all the deceased was 76 years, and a 96.1 pct had an underlying health issue or were aged 70 or over.

National health agency carries out broad local testing after 24 employees test Covid-19 positive at Kavala meat-processing plant

Three medical teams of the National Public Health Organization (EODY) are on Saturday carrying out intense Covid-19 diagnostic tests and contact-tracing after 24 new cases were detected among employees at a meat-processing plant at Paggaio, near the city of Kavala, northern Greece.

All of the company's 140 employees will have been tested by end of Sunday, said EODY. Until results are released, the 24 positive employees will remain in home isolation.

The company undertook the cost of all the tests performed on the employees, at a private laboratory in Kavala.