Greece registers 1,151 new coronavirus cases – “Hard lockdown” is on the table

Greece registered 1,151 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, of which 8 were identified at the country’s entry points, said the National Public Health Organization (EODY).

All cases in Greece total 159,866 of which 5,999 relate to travel from abroad and 50,438 to already confirmed infection cases.

A total of 246 individuals are intubated. Their median age is 70 years, 86.6 pct have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or more and 177 of them are men. Another 1,138 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic.

EODY also registered 27 new deaths, bringing coronavirus fatalities to 5,878 in total. The median age of all fatalities was 79 years, 95.5 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or above, and 3,457 were men.

The next 48 hours are crucial for epidemiologists to decide in favor of even tougher measures, a so-called “hard lockdown” with curfew starting already at 6 p.m., in Attica and Athens due to a resurgence of coronaviurs cases.

The number of daily infections today and tomorrow will be decisive for further restrictions next to numbers of hospital admissions and intubations.

The Epidemiology committee advising the Health Ministry on the pandemic is holding an extraordinary meeting today after half (652) of total 1,261 new infections on Tuesday were detected in the Regional Unit of Attica and the Greek capital.

Among the measures under consideration are reportedly:

Curfew 6 p.m. – 5 a.m. in Attica and Athens, with shops to close at 5 p.m.
Re-evaluation of the opening of gymnasiums.