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With 4,350 COVID-19 Cases, Greece Records Highest Daily Infections

ATHENS — Greece confirmed 4,350 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 21 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Tuesday.

Greece has confirmed 260,077 infections from the start of the pandemic (daily change: +1.7 pct). In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 86 infections are related to travel from abroad and 2,267 to other confirmed cases.

There are also 72 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 8,017. Of these, 95.6 pct had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old.

A total of 741 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 68 years and 823 pct have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or more. Another 1,688 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

In addition, 402 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, a drop of 11.84 pct from the previous day. The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 431.

The median age of new infections is 44 years (range: 0.2 to 105 years of age), while the median age of the deceased is 79 (range: 0 to 103 years).

Earlier today, parliamentary parties were briefed by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias 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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