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Kikilias Briefs Parties on State of ICU Bed Availability for COVID-19 in Greece

ATHENS — Parliamentary parties were briefed by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias on Tuesday about the state of the intensive care unit (ICU) capacities at Greek hospitals.

He was joined by Maria Theodoridou, head of the National Vaccination Committee, and infectious diseases professor Sotiris Tsiodras, who also briefed the parties.

According to Kikilias, there are currently a total of 1,483 beds operating in ICUs nationally – 1,222 at National Health System (ESY) hospitals, 220 at private clinics, and 41 at military hospitals. Of these, 891 are in ICUs dedicated to Covid-19 patients exclusively, and 592 are operating in non-Covid-19 ICUs.

Nearly half of the total, or 729 ICU beds, are located in Attica Region: 427 in Covid-dedicated ICUs, and 302 in non-Covid ones.

The private sector in Attica Region has turned over to ESY 174 of the 233 ICU beds it has. In other words, the Health minister said, 3 out of 4 ICU beds in Attica's private sector are already made available to ESY.

Of the remainder 59 ICU beds the private sector has kept in Attica, 56 are already occupied by patients.

Theodoridou briefed the parties on the national plan for vaccinations and Tsiodras for the state of infections in Greece.

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