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Greece Confirms 866 New Coronavirus Cases on Tuesday, 27 Fatalities

Αssociated Press

A woman wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, walks in front of a graffiti by artists Open/Esem in Athens, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS -- Greece confirmed 866 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, of which 12 were identified at the country's entry points, said the National Public Health Organization (EODY).

All cases in Greece total 146,020 of which 5,651 relate to travel from abroad and 44,252 to already confirmed infection cases.

A total of 337 individuals are intubated. Their median age is 68 years, 85.8 pct have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or more and 234 of them are men. Another 997 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic.

EODY also registered 27 new deaths, bringing coronavirus fatalities to 5,329 in total. The median age of all fatalities was 79 years, 95.5 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or above, and 3,149 were men.

Greece has extended a two-month lockdown till Jan. 18, and announced plans to increase the number of people getting COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, the inoculation of elderly residents and staff at the country's nursing homes will be completed by the end of January, said Deputy Minister of Labor & Social Affairs Domna Michailidou on Tuesday.

The deputy minister was speaking after her visit to a nursing home, one of 12 such facilities in Athens that had been scheduled for coronavirus vaccinations on Tuesday.

Vaccinations at the facilities for the elderly began on January 7. Some 4,500 people at 75 nursing homes will be vaccinated by the end of this week, noted Michailidou.