Greece: Coronavirus Deaths Top 2,000; Record 608 in ICUs

Αssociated Press

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ATEHNS -- The National Public Health Organization (EODY) announced 2,018 new coronavirus infections in Greece in the last 24 hours, of which 2 were identified at entry points to the country.

The total number of infections since the pandemic began is 99,306 as of Thursday. Of these, 4,851 are related to travel abroad and 25,924 to already known cases.

Currently 608 patients are on ventilators throughout Greece. Their median age is 65, 80.8 pct has an underlying condition or is aged 70 or more and 166 are women.

Another 524 have been discharged from ICUs since the first outbreak.

EODY also announced that 99 people died in the last 24 hours, bringing fatalities to 2,001 in Greece. The median age of all deceased patients was 80 years, 97.1 pct had an underlying condition and/or was aged 70 or more and 806 were women.

Greece has seen a significant surge in coronavirus cases and deaths that is straining the country’s health system.

Under the current lockdown measures, all retail stores, bars, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and gyms are closed. People are only allowed to leave home for specific reasons, including work, health reasons, essential purchases, and to exercise or walk a pet, and must send a telephone text message or carry a self-declaration to do so.

However, there are no restrictions on how many times a day people can leave their homes, or for how long. A 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is in place, during which people can go out only for work, urgent health reasons or to walk a pet.