VIRUS CRISIS: Greece reaches 1156 confirmed cases

Ministry’s spokesperson professor Sotiris Tsiodras

Ministry’s spokesperson professor Sotiris Tsiodras

Greece’s Health Ministry confirmed the country has reached 1,156 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 38 deaths.

The announcement was made on Sunday by the Ministry’s spokesperson professor Sotiris Tsiodras, who confirmed the 95 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Greece in the last 24 hours and 6 new deaths.

With 69 patients now being treated in Intensive Care Units, Tsiodras also said that most of the cases are recorded in the region of Attica.

Meanwhile the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) announced that it was joining forces to support the struggling National Healthcare System in the combat against the COVID-19 pandemic.

"NTUA is offering the amount of 50,000 euros from the Special Account for Research Funding to support two hospitals, the 'Evangelismos' Athens General Hospital and the 'Sotiria' Athens General Hospital for Thoracic Diseases, as a donation for the supply of hospital equipment," it said in an announcement.

NTUA is offering its state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, consisting of 3D industrial and semi-industrial scale printing systems, as well as 3D scanning, for the production and reverse design of components and supplies for the emergency coverage of healthcare items in shortage (protective shields, multi-purpose masks, respirator spare parts, etc.).

In addition, mechanical equipment for spare parts and construction can be utilised. The utilisation of equipment will be covered by own resources in personnel and raw materials. A NTUA Committee has been set up, the 3DP-NTUA hub, which will also act as a liaison with the Ministry of Health, to integrate NTUA's activity in the relevant central planning.

"We express our gratitude to those who are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. The struggle of medical and nursing staff of the country's hospitals is heroic. We are all obliged to participate in the common endeavour by strictly adhering to all preventive measures to protect ours and our fellow citizens’ health. In this way, we reinforce the endurance of Healthcare in Greece against the great pressure it is experiencing," it said.