ATHENS — The National Public Health Organization, in its daily bulletin on novel coronavirus infections, confirmed the following numbers on Friday:
– 1,395 new cases, 9 of which were identified at entry points to the country
– 122,648 total confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases in Greece since the start of the pandemic, of which 5,076 are linked to travel abroad and 34,774 to already known cases
– 583 intubated patients in hospitals. Their median age is 66, 76,7 pct have an underlying condition or are over 70 years old, and 169 are women
– 711 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece
– 102 have died in the last 24 hours, with the total standing now at 3,472 since the first outbreak. The median age of all was 79 years and 96 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or more. Of the deceased, 1,392 were women.
Restrictive measures are starting to show results
The two hardest indicators of the coronavirus pandemic's dispersal rate in the country, the numbers of daily deaths and intubations, stabilized in the last week, said Professor Vana Papaevangelou at Friday's live briefing on the latest facts and figures.
Parallel to this development is the gradual reduction of daily new cases of infection, which stood at a daily figure of approximately 1,500 cases throughout last week, while hospitalizations dropped to 320 daily, compared to 450 during last week.
Another factor worth noting, said the member of the health ministry's committee of coronavirus experts, is the drop in the numbers of new cases among the over-65-year-olds.
"All this information points to the fact that the latest round of restrictive measures is beginning to show a positive result," the professor underlined.
The bulk of Greece's lockdown measures will remain in place over the Christmas period although bookshops and hairdressers can reopen next week and the quarantine on people entering the country will be relaxed, authorities said Friday.
All other retail stores, entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and cafes will remain shut, and night-time curfews won't be lifted even for Christmas or New Year.
Greece has registered more than 121,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 3,370 deaths.