ATHENS — Greece on Tuesday registered 169 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, including 15 identified at entry points to the country, said the National Public Health Organisation (EODY).
All coronavirus cases in Greece since the pandemic broke out in Greece total 11,832. Of these, 2,274 are linked to travel abroad and 5,204 to an already registered case.
Forty-two Greeks are intubated. Ten are women and the median age of all is 69 years. An 88.1 pct have an underlying condition or are aged 70 and above. A total of 164 people have been discharged since the start of the pandemic in Greece.
In addition, it was announced that one person died in the last 24 hours, bringing the fatalities total to 290. Of the total, 107 were women, while the median age for all was 78 years and 96.2 pct had an underlying condition and/or age 70 and above.
A trend in declining new coronavirus cases to below 200 per day, was observed by professor of Epidemiology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens' Medical School, ?Gkikas Magiorkinis, who was speaking on Tuesday at the televised briefing on the latest facts and figures concerning the unfolding pandemic in Greece.
This decline, he added, is accompanied by a slight increase in intubated patients, and explained that this is due to the fact that coronavirus cases take about 7 days to worsen, therefore this increase in ICU patients reflects the intensity of the virus' transmission 7 to 10 days prior to deterioration.
"On the positive side is a drop of new cases to under the age of 40," he said.
Commenting on a recent protest of people opposing the use of face masks and this movement thereof, he said that it is difficult at this stage for "deniers," as he called them, to be convinced otherwise, as they remain 'polarised', he noted.
"It takes patience and perseverance" to convince citizens of the benefits of face masks, he said, adding that he has witnessed "a big change" in citizens' attitudes towards the use of face masks, as nearly all citizens now wear them.