Greece confirmed 1,211 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, of which 47 relate to known clusters and 35 were identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said.
So far Greece has registered 35,510 infections, of which 4,043 relate to travel abroad and 12,843 to already confirmed cases.
in intensive care units (ICUs) rose to 114, from 108 on Wednesday. Their median age is 65 years, 91.2 pct of them have an underlying condition or age of over 70 years, and 34 are women. Another 284 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece.
EODY also confirmed another 12 deaths, bringing fatalities to a total of 615. The median age of the deceased was 79 years and 96.3 pct of them had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or more. In addition, 234 of them were women.
In a statement the same day, Deputy Civil Protection Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said that the infection threat level for the regions of Larissa (central Greece), Thessaaloniki, and Rodopi (NE Greece) will be raised to 4, the highest alarm, as of 06:00 on Friday.
Hardalias said that self-quarantined individuals include 1,955 confirmed cases and another 4,399 traced contacts in Thessaloniki, 343 active cases and 721 traced contacts in Larissa, and 217 active cases and 488 traced contacts in Rodopi. The average age of the people infected is 35.2 in Thessaloniki (a rise, in the last few days, he said), 37 in Larissa and 30 in Rodopi.
Rise in N. Greece
In addition, he said that the regions of Pella, Evros, Drama, Xanthi, Kilkis, Kavala, Pieria, Imathia and Chalkidiki – all in northern Greece – will rise to ‘orange’ alarm, or level 3, as of Friday. Messinia and Arcadia in the Peloponnese, he said, would be upgraded in alarm level 2 from level 1 (‘green’ to ‘yellow’).
Commenting on the rise in infections, the minister said that the average age of infected individuals and daily contact tracing data link these infections to entertainment, sports and other social crowding events.
The government’s strategy is to evaluate shifting data on a daily basis and adapt, he said, as infections are rising at greater speed in this second wave of the pandemic. This requires preparedness, vigilance and immediate action by the government and observance of measures by the public, he said.
According to data released, the highest infection rates from Thursday’s statistics are distributed as follows:
The most populous region of Greece, Attica, leads with 335 cases. It is followed by Thessaloniki, with 275 cases.
Larissa and Serres had 51 new cases each on Thursday; Rodopi 41; Kozani, Xanthi and Messinia (southern Greece) had 30 each; Drama 24; Evros 23; Kavala 19; Ioannina 18; while the following regions had 12 to 15 each: Pella, Kilkis, Kastoria, Imathia, Achaia (southern Greece), Iraklio (Crete), and Pieria.