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Greece: Spike in Virus Cases Among Young Adults Not Resulting in Higher ICU Admissions

ATHENS — The rapid escalation of new coronavirus infections is spreading in all segments of society, doctor Vana Papaevangelou said on Thursday during a live briefing on the pandemic, attributing the rise to the Delta variant.

All Greek regions showed a sharp rise inthe last three weeks, the coronavirus health committee member said, adding that "most infections occur from young people returning from holidays and bringing the virus to their families." The median age of newly diagnosed infections is 26 years. One in two people hospitalized is under 54 years of age, she added.

To a question on whether those returning from islands are obliged to present a negative rapid test before boarding a ship, she said the committee has found it very difficult to implement, suggesting instead that people carry out self-tests and declare results online.

Doctor Gkikas Magiorkinis said at the briefing that the rise in infections is true of all Europe. The number of younger people being hospitalized has risen to 100 per day, "but there is no significant rise in admission to ICUs so far," he added.

Alternate Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis said that so far over 75% of doctors and over 69% of nursing staff have been vaccinated.

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