ATHENS – With health restrictions eased, Greece is on a path in February to go past 2 million cases of COVID-19 and 24,000 deaths since the pandemic began its onslaught in March, 2020, still continuing.
An average of more than 100 people a day is dying, a trend that began late in 2021 and got worse after the New Democracy government relaxed health measures while trying to spur an economic recovery.
Greece is now its deadliest phase although the Omicron Variant, while more contagious and spreading the Coronavirus faster – mostly by anti-vaxxers – had filled hospitals so much that some were aside only for COVID cases.
Some 70 percent of those perishing are 80 years old or over, the most susceptible group along with those with multiple or underlying conditions and also those most on ventilators.
There were 561 in public hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU’s) and 521 admitted to hospitals although in general there are more people recovering and being discharged, an optimistic sign among the deaths.
Some 40,843 children aged 4-18 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which amounts to 32 percent of the total number of cases detected over a week’s period as schools remained open, but with tests being required.