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Magiorkinis: Number of Virus Cases Drop, But Situation Remains Critical

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Epidemiologist and special coronavirus committee member Gkikas Magiorkinis. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

ATHENS -- The number of new SARS-CoV-2 diagnoses appear to be dropping in Europe, but the number of fatalities remains high, doctor Gkikas Magiorkinis said during the live briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in Greece, on Monday.

Magiorkinis, member of the Health ministry's experts committee on the novel coronavirus, said that in Greece as well active infections appear to be dropping. In addition, the rate of tests coming out positive also appears to be dropping by around 50 pct, relative to last Monday. "This drop is particularly notable in large urban centers - Attica and Thessaloniki regions - which suggests there is a margin to improve compliance with restriction measures in the rest of Greece," he said.

The doctor warned however that the viral load is "extremely heavy in northern Greece, particularly Thessaloniki," and other northern cities, as well as Thessaly, central Greece.

"Last week, Attica showed clear signs of small improvement, and Thessaloniki did as well, but it's too early to reach safe conclusions," Magiorkinis said, adding that the situation remains critical and observing measures is necessary for the lifting of the lockdown, "whenever that happens."