Number of Coronavirus Cases in Greece Soar to More Than 1,500 on Wednesday

Αssociated Press

A medical staff of the National Health Organization (EODY) conducts a test for the coronavirus in central Athens, on Monday. Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS - In a further steep rise of infections, Greece confirmed 1,547 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, from 1,259 on Tuesday.

Of these, 78 are related to previously confirmed cases and 52 were confirmed at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said.

All cases in Greece since the start of the pandemic total 34,299. Of these, 4,003 relate to travel abroad and 12,552 to already known cases.

Intubated patients total 108. Their median age is 65 years, 93.5 pct of them have an underlying condition or are over 70 years old, and 34 of them are women.

Another 280 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic.

In addition, EODY reported 10 deaths, bringing the casualty toll to 603. Of the latter, their median age was 79 years and 96.2 pct had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old. Slightly over a third (228) were women.

Authorities have gradually increased localized restrictions to curb the outbreak. Four Greek regions are currently at the highest alert of Level 4, which means lockdown-type restrictions. Athens and the second-largest city of Thessaloniki are at Level 3, which means a night-time curfew, compulsory facemasks outdoors and limits on gatherings.