Greece calls for health volunteers to help during coronavirus crisis




Greece on Monday put out a call for health volunteers to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

"The volunteer programme is addressed to whoever can offer services, such as doctors, medical staff, psychologists, medical students and retired health scientists," acting government spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni told reporters.

Administrative staff and technicians are also welcome, she said, adding that regional authorities will subsequently share out volunteers depending on local needs.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Greece has risen to 743, according to the latest update from Health Ministry spokesperson and infectious diseases expert Professor Sotiris Tsiodras.

Some 134 infected patients are currently hospitalised, of whom 45 are intubated in Intensive Care Units.

The number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus currently stands at 20.

The projection is that between 8,000 and 10,000 people in Greece have been infected, Tsiodras concluded.

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