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COVID-19 Cases Soar in Greece for Third Continuous Day, 882 New, 15 Deaths

Αssociated Press

A medical worker points to people, wearing protective masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as they wait in a queue to take a rapid test for COVID-19, at a suburb in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS -- Continuing a rising trend in coronavirus infections, Greece confirmed 882 new cases on Thursday, of which 99 are linked to known clusters and 52 were identified at the country's entry points, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said.

Total infections since the first case total 28,216, of which 3,728 relate to travel abroad and 11,032 to already confirmed cases.

A total of 90 patients are intubated. Their median age is 66 years, 92.2 percent have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or more, and 32 of them are women. Another 265 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic.

EODY also registered 15 deaths, bringing fatalities to 549 in total. Of the latter, their median age was 79 years and 96.2 pct had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years or older. Of all the deceased, 205 were women.

In terms of distribution in Greece, the regions of Athens and Thessaloniki continued to lead in numbers of infections (290 and 188, respectively) on Thursday, while high concentrations were also noted in the following metropolitan regions: Serres (65), Larissa (40), Ioannina (23), Lesvos island (17), and Kastoria (15). Iraklio (Crete), Kozani and Rodopi (both in northern Greece), each registered 10 cases on Thursday.